Arsenal transfer target Gabriel blown away by Mikel Arteta phone calls as £22m deal close

Arsenal target Gabriel Magalhaes was reportedly left in awe after a phone call with Gunners boss Mikael Arteta, who convinced the defender to make the move to north London.

Gabriel has been a target of Arsenal’s throughout the entire summer.

The Lille star has also attracted interest from Napoli and Manchester United, however.

It was reportedly earlier this week that Magalhaes had set a 48-hour deadline on a decision about his future.

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Arsenal have always been the favourites to sign the 22-year-old despite both they and Napoli matching the player’s £21.6million valuation, with United yet to formally enter into negotiations with Lille.

And now it seems inevitable that Gabriel will join Arsenal, who are in need of defensive reinforcements.

According to Italian outlet Corriere Dello Sport, the Brazil under-20 international has made up his mind after a conversation on the phone with Arteta.


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Arteta is said to have swayed Gabriel with his impressive plans for Arsenal.

The club have been in direct contact with Gabriel and his representatives all summer.

The deal could cost Arsenal up to £27m after add-ons for the defender, who impressed last season for Lille with his imperious defending.

Arteta has been after a new centre-back since he joined the club back in December.

But the Spaniard may have to sell a few of his current players to fund the Magalhaes transfer.

It was reported earlier this week that Rob Holding and Calum Chambers could be shown the exit door this summer.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos has also been linked with a move away from Arsenal, specifically with Roma.

Arsenal are also trying to tie Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang down to a new contract.

Arsenal take on Fulham on the first day of the new Premier League season, which gets underway on September 12. 

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