Gabriel Magalhaes: Who is the highly rated Brazilian centre-back sought by Man United?
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Gabriel Magalhaes: Who is the highly rated Brazilian centre-back sought by Man United?

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly turned to Lille star Gabriel Magalhaes as he looks to reinforce his defence.

The 22-year-old is expected to leave the French club this summer after a standout season, with Lille finishing in fourth in a Ligue 1 campaign that was curtailed in April.

But who is Gabriel?

The Brazilian joined Lille in 2017 in a £1.5m move having made just 21 appearances for Brazilian second-tier side Avai, where he started his career.

However, he struggled to make an impact at the French side and was sent on loan first to French club Troyes, before completing a loan move to Dynamo Zagreb.

He then returned to Lille and forged a formidable partnership with Jose Fonte after nailing down a place in the team.

The 6'3" modern-day centre back is tall, quick and versatile, playing both in a back-two and a back-three on occasion this season.

The Brazilian has great passing technique, regularly looking for both the cross-field diagonal and a direct route over the top of the defence, even playing a game as a defensive midfielder this season.

Another area of Gabriel's game that is particularly impressive is his physicality, with Lille president Gerard Lopez describing him as an "absolute machine".

The interest in Gabriel is widespread, with Everton, Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain all battling for the Brazilian's signature.

He has a single goal in 34 games this season.

 

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