Arsenal await decision after making bid for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes
Aug 20 2020
"Arsenal have been prioritising reinforcements in defence after finishing eighth in the Premier League table last season, shipping 48 goals, and Magalhaes should help to add some steel and add freshness to the Gunners' backline".
Saliba will be hoping to establish himself as a regular fixture in the Arsenal team in the coming months but Gunners legend Keown has warned against putting too much pressure on the 19-year-old defender.
The Times also suggest that Arsenal [and Napoli] have agreed a deal with Lille but they suggest that Gabriel is valued at closer to £27m - although Arsenal's proposed deal may reach that figure if the add-ons are met.
However, Napoli have been looking to sell Kalidou Koulibaly to bring in funds to sign Gabriel, something which has led to a delay in the deal being finalised.
It remains to be seen if he will end up at the Emirates Stadium, following the path of Nicolas Pepe who left for the Gunners in a club-record deal last summer, although Lille president Gerard Lopez confirmed at the weekend the defender was expected to depart.
The Brazilian U20 global will be an exciting addition to Arteta's squad as he's developed into one of the most highly-rated defenders in European football following an excellent campaign in Ligue 1.
Mikel Arteta has also identified a top-class centre-back as a priority in this summer's window.
He made 34 appearances last season as his side finished fourth in Ligue 1 and six in the Champions League as they ended bottom of a strong group that included Valencia, Chelsea and Ajax.