The Gunners are hopeful of sealing a £22m move for Lille's Brazilian central defender Gabriel Magalhães according to sources at ESPN.
Arsenal has made a series of defensive recruitments already with William Saliba starting life in North London after his loan spell at Saint-Etienne came to an end. Pablo Marí and Cédric Soares have also signed permanent deals after initially arriving on loan.
There is reported interest in Gabriel from Everton and Napoli. Man United was also rumoured to be interested as their search for a left-footed central defender continues.
Gabriel is set to decide his future in the next week as Lille president Gerard Lopez claimed in an interview with on Sunday.
"He [Gabriel] is one of the players that we allowed to exit the club this summer, he asked for it and wants to try something else," Lopez said.
"We clearly told him what our expectations were, we spoke to a number of clubs, our expectations were met by a number of clubs and we have given him the time to decide.
"It is going to be entirely his decision. We tend to try and steer our players in certain directions, but at the end of the day, it's the player's decision. I know he is going to make a decision early next week."
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