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Arsenal ‘set to complete £27m deal for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes’

Arsenal have finally won the race to sign Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes as the Brazilian ace is flying to London next week to complete the deal.   

Magalhaes has reportedly completed his Arsenal medical ahead of a summer move to the Emirates according to Italian sports journalist Fabrizio Romano.

The Gunners had to act swiftly, given the intense interest in the 22-year-old Brazilian from rival European clubs. 

Italian giants Napoli have reportedly finally given up as Magalhaes has edged closer to Arsenal after undertaking medical formalities.

The youngster has made a huge name for himself within the past 18 months, after storming onto the scene in Ligue 1 with Lille.

Arsenal already have strong relations with the French club, after negotiating a deal for winger Pepe last summer.

Magalhaes has also been linked with both Paris Saint Germain and Manchester City, though looks set to arrive at the Emirates following assurances of playing time from manager Mikel Arteta.

The Spaniard is looking to remodel his Arsenal team, following a successful debut season in which he won the FA Cup.

Magalhaes’ arrival would likely spell the end for the likes of Callum Chambers of Rob Holding, as Arteta needs to sell players in order to continue generating funds.

Lille president Gerard Lopez confirmed to reporters in France he expects a deal for Magalhaes to be officially concluded by the weekend.

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