With a budget of 27 million pounds, Arsenal has surpassed many competitors to own midfielder Gabriel Magalhaes.
Last night, on the homepage, Arsenal announced that they had completed the procedure to recruit Lille midfielder Gabriel Magalhaes. The transfer price was not disclosed by Arsenal, but according to SkySport, the Gunners had to spend 27 million pounds on the deal. Young talent from Brazil signed a 5-year contract with Emirates Stadium.
To get Gabriel’s signature, Arsenal had to overcome many opponents, including Man Utd. The Old Trafford team aimed to recruit the 22-year-old midfielder to pair Harry Maguire, but Arsenal went ahead with the deal and won.
Arsenal Technical Director Edu is very pleased with the deal. After signing with Gabriel, the former Brazilian midfielder said, “We are delighted after signing Gabriel. This is a player that we have spent a lot of time watching”.
Evaluation of Gabriel, coach Mikel Arteta also confirmed that this is a very potential midfielder to shine at Arsenal.
“We welcome Gabriel to Arsenal very much. He has many important qualities that will help our defenders play better. Gabriel has proven his capabilities at Lille. We’d love to see the growth of him at Arsenal”, Coach Arteta said about his new student.
Gabriel Magalhaes grew up from the Avai club (Brazil) before coming to Lille in 2017. Over the past three seasons, this young talent has grown rapidly and became one of the best midfielders of Ligue 1. According to the newspaper For England, Gabriel chose Arsenal for Edu, who is also a Brazilian.
Gabriel’s presence is a significant addition to the Arsenal defense. Before that, the Gunners also returned midfielder William Saliba after the loan agreement ended at St Etienne. At Emirates Stadium, the Brazilian midfielder will wear the number 6 shirt and is likely to be part of the main squad of coach Arteta.
Gabriel is Arsenal’s second rookie this summer. Before that, the Gunners welcomed Chelsea midfielder Willian on a free transfer.