Arsenal and Gabriel agree 5-year contract

Lille's Brazilian defender Gabriel dos Santos Magalhaes (L) fights for the ball with Rennes' Senegalese forward Mbaye Niang (R)during the French L1 Football match between Rennes (SRFC) and Lille (LOSC), on September 22, 2019, at the Roazhon Park, in Rennes, northwestern France. (Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP)
Lille's Brazilian defender Gabriel dos Santos Magalhaes (L) fights for the ball with Rennes' Senegalese forward Mbaye Niang (R)during the French L1 Football match between Rennes (SRFC) and Lille (LOSC), on September 22, 2019, at the Roazhon Park, in Rennes, northwestern France. (Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP)

According to reports on Wednesday, Gabriel Magahlaes has opted to accept Arsenal’s offer of a five-year contract at the club and has even been asking Jose Fonte what it’s like to play in the Premier League.

Lille's Brazilian defender Gabriel dos Santos Magalhaes (R) fights for the ball with Montpellier's French forward Gaetan Laborde during the French L1 football match between Lille OSC (LOSC) and Montpellier Herault Sport Club (MHSC) at the Pierre Mauroy Stadium in Villeneuve-d'Ascq, on December 13, 2019. (Photo by FRANCOIS LO PRESTI / AFP) (Photo by FRANCOIS LO PRESTI/AFP via Getty Images)
Lille’s Brazilian defender Gabriel dos Santos Magalhaes (R) fights for the ball with Montpellier’s French forward Gaetan Laborde during the French L1 football match between Lille OSC (LOSC) and Montpellier Herault Sport Club (MHSC) at the Pierre Mauroy Stadium in Villeneuve-d’Ascq, on December 13, 2019. (Photo by FRANCOIS LO PRESTI / AFP)

The first report that Gabriel had agreed terms with Arsenal came, predictably, on Twitter when @afcstuff dropped this tweet:

It was based on this one:

Translated, it reads,  #Mercato According to the latest information, Gabriel has chosen to join #Arsenal ! A 5-year contract would await the Brazilian. Amount of about 30M €.

The Times [£] then reported that Arsenal had agreed terms with the 22-year central defender, which was picked up by The S*n.

The Times wrote in their opening paragraph, “Arsenal are confident of sealing a deal this week for Gabriel after agreeing a five-year contract with the Lille defender.”

Pretty clear.

L’Equipe then came in to back the story up:

Earlier today it had been reported that Napoli offered Gabriel a lot more cash than Arsenal but its seems their failure to shift Kalidou Koulibaly as quickly as they would have liked has given Arsenal the edge.

Gabriel’s teammate, Jose Fonte also said that the player has been asking about playing in the Premier League. Fonte, of course, spent time in England with Crystal Palace, Southampton, and West Ham.

As well as helping Arsenal out by getting out of the way on this deal, the Italians might also do us a favour by taking Sokratis. Unlike Gabriel, his signing has nothing to do with moving Koulibaly anywhere as the Greek defender is likely to cost Napoli next to nothing and they reportedly want to bring in two central defenders this summer.

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