Arsenal are a step away from completing the signing fo Lille's Gabriel Magalhaes after the player underwent medicals in London on Monday.
The 22-year-old is expected to sign a five-year contract with the Gunners, who reportedly beat competition from a host of other Premier League and Italian teams to his signature.
Arsenal are said to have paid £25 million for the Frenchman, who impressed for the Lille during the 2019/20 season.
Gabriel Magalhães has completed his medicals with Arsenal today in London. He’s with his agents now ready to sign his contract until June 2025 and finally going to be announced as new Arsenal player. Here-we-go confirmed. ⚪️🔴 #AFC #Arsenal #transfers— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 24, 2020
Manchester United rivaled Arsenal for Gabriel's signature, with reports indicating Lille had accepted bids from both Everton and Napoli.
His signing means the Gunners will have a new-look defence next season, with William Saliba also expected to feature after returning to the club following a loan at St. Etienne.
In addition to the duo, Arsenal have also signed Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari on permanent deals following their successful loan agreements.