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Alla Zakarian

16-08-2020 | 19:02 Football
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Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes is set to move Premier League

Arsenal target Gabriel Magalhaes is closing in on a decision regarding his next club. The Gunners have reached an agreement with the player, who is labelled as new Virgil van Dijk. Mikel Arteta's side is also very close to an agreement with Lille. Their offer of €28m with bonuses has satisfied Lille, according to Calcio Mercato. However, the French side still have an agreement with Napoli, as a part of the Victor Osimhen deal.     Magalhaes will now speak to both clubs before making a decision on where his future lies. Lille owner Gerard Lopez talked up the ability of Magalhaes during an interview this week. He said: "Gabriel is young, extremely powerful, currently right now probably one of the two most dominant central defenders in the French league. The way we work is very simple. We explain to him and his environment, his agent, what we are looking for, and once we get those offers the choice is his, like we did with Nico [Pepe] and Victor [Oshimen]. "We are there now, so we told him: 'Eventually you have to make a decision but we're not pressing you.' I think he will make it this week, or next week at the latest. He is leaving, we've given the OK for that. There's a lot of competition. He's a young player so he's got to make sure he makes the right decision. "We help him out a little bit so we tell him: 'We think this might be the right manager or club for you.' He's got so much talent, he will succeed wherever he goes." Source: Daily Star

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