Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes has been left out of the team's squad for a friendly game against Dutch side AZ Alkmaar, amid rumours he could be on his way to Arsenal.
Other than that, the no.4 jersey, which Gabriel donned this past season, had been handed to youngster Nassim Innocenti.
The Brazilian defender has established himself as one of Ligue 1’s standout performers over the last couple of seasons, and has caught the eye of several big clubs in Europe, with Manchester United credited with interest too.
Chelsea, Everton and Napoli have all been mooted as potential destinations but the Arsenal board is said to have held talks with their Lille counterparts over a potential deal in recent weeks.
Lille president Gerard Lopez did reveal earlier this year that several Premier League sides were interested and tipped Magalhaes to join a "really big club".
Gabriel Magalhães: Arsenal are in the race and have started talks with Lille. Napoli still interested but not moving yet because it’ll depend by Koulibaly future. Manchester United just had contacts with his agents but no talks with Lille atm. Game on. 🇧🇷 #AFC #MUFC #Napoli— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 6, 2020