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Next Virgil van Dijk? Chelsea close in on £30m signing

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Chelsea have reportedly won the race to sign Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes.

Magalhaes impressed against Frank Lampard’s side during the group stages of this season’s Champions League.

The Brazilian, who is considered as next Virgil van Dijk, is valued at around £30million by the Ligue 1 club.

Frank Lampard has struggled to settle on a regular combination at the centre of his defence. And according to Eurosport a deal for 22-year-old Gabriel is almost complete.

Magalhaes has made 34 appearances for Ligue 1 side and has scored once. The player extended his deal in February and the contract will keep him at the club until 2023.


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