Gabriel Magalhaes will accept an Arsenal offer to join from Lille, with Napoli unable to sign him unless they can sell Kalidou Koulibaly.
Sky Sport in Italy report (via Football-Italia) that Arsenal will sign Lille defender Gabriel ahead of Napoli because the Serie A side can’t finalise a deal without selling Kalidou Koulibaly first.
Lille wanted €28m for Gabriel, and both Arsenal and Napoli matched that demand. They also reportedly offered the same personal terms, leaving the decision entirely up to the player.
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At this stage, Sky claim Gabriel will accept Arsenal’s offer.
Napoli saw Gabriel as a replacement for Koulibaly, so they only wanted to make a move after completing that sale.
Manchester City showed an interest, but they were only willing to offer €65m for the Senegal international, well below the €80m asking price.
The Telegraph report that Arsenal are closing in on the signing after agreeing terms in principle. However, they write that Napoli still believe they’re in a strong position for the signing, too.
Fabrizio Romano reports that Gabriel will decide his next club in the coming days. So not all outlets are on board that it’s a sure thing just yet.
Either way, it seems like this week is going to be crucial for the potential signing.