Manchester United made Gabriel Magalhaes a more lucrative financial offer to join them, but the player preferred to join Mikel Arteta’s project.

Manchester United made Gabriel Magalhaes a more lucrative financial offer to join them, but the player preferred to join Mikel Arteta’s project.

Lille's Brazilian defender Gabriel dos Santos Magalhaes (R) fights for the ball with Montpellier's French forward Gaetan Laborde during the French L1 football match between Lille OSC (LOSC) and Montpellier Herault Sport Club (MHSC) at the Pierre Mauroy Stadium in Villeneuve-d'Ascq, on December 13, 2019. (Photo by FRANCOIS LO PRESTI / AFP) (Photo by FRANCOIS LO PRESTI/AFP via Getty Images)
Lille’s Brazilian defender Gabriel dos Santos Magalhaes (R) fights for the ball with Gaetan Laborde.

Gabriel Magalhaes looks to be rejecting the likes of Napoli, Manchester United and others to sign for Arsenal in the coming days, with the reliable Fabrizio Romano confirming the transfer on Saturday night and the Guardian following up on Sunday.

Brazil-based journalist Vinicius Furlan, who reportedly has close links to the Gabriel camp, claims the player actually turned down more money from Manchester United. They made a big, late push for the transfer, but the defender preferred the project presented by Mikel Arteta.

Future Arsenal teammates? Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Willian (L) vies with Lille's Brazilian defender Gabriel dos Santos Magalhaes during the UEFA Champion's League Group H football match between Chelsea and Lille at Stamford Bridge in London on December 10, 2019. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)
Future Arsenal teammates? Willian (L) vies with Gabriel dos Santos Magalhaes on December 10, 2019. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)

Arsenal will pay €30m to Lille, even including all add-ons. For a player in his early twenties drawing such strong interest from around Europe, that seems like a great deal.

Gabriel made 34 appearances for Lille this season, despite the early end to the French domestic season. He’s very strong in individual duels, winning a high percentage of his aerial duels and tackles.

The Brazilian also rarely makes individual mistakes, conceding no penalties and making zero errors leading to an opposition shot in Ligue 1 this season.

He’ll need to adapt to Premier League football over the coming months, but that all sounds promising.

 

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