Arsenal make advance in bid to sign Gabriel from Lille

La Voix du Nord report that Premier League side Arsenal have made concrete advances in their efforts to sign 22-year-old Brazilian central defender Gabriel from Lille.

Gabriel spoke with Arsenal representatives directly at the beginning of this week and he was particularly convinced by their pitch. He wants to join Arsenal and as quickly as possible, we will know more in the coming days. 

Les Dogues want €30m for the player who they purchased for €3m, three and a half years ago. Unless a dramatic u-turn occurs, the player will not be joining Napoli, but Manchester United, who have qualified for the Champions’ League, have not had their final say, according to the outlet. Everton’s attempts to sign the player meanwhile appear to have died down.

As he waits, Gabriel is continuing to train with Lille and is avoiding the stress on his future by being involved in pre-season matches. 

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