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De Ligt, Ndombele and Militao: Everton look set for another transfer heartache with Gabriel

It appears that Everton have their number one target for the next transfer window. 

The Toffees are reportedly keen on the signature of Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes. As reported by The Independent in March, Everton are in talks with Ligue 1 side Lille regarding a potential move for the Brazilian in the summer. He would cost around £30 million and would help fill the void at centre-back that Everton have recently suffered. 

It looks like a sharp piece of potential business. The Brazilian looks like a top talent with plenty to offer any club who manages to acquire his services. 

But, unfortunately for Everton, it appears that the cat is yet again out of the bag. 

It would not be the first time in recent memory that Everton have found themselves in this position. 


Everton were one of the first teams keen on the signature of Tanguy Ndombele, after his impressive form on loan at Lyon from Amiens. As reported by the Liverpool Echo in November 2018, Everton were scouting the player and hoping to make a move. 

Tanguy Ndombele of Lyon during the Ligue 1 match between Nimes and Lyon on May 24, 2019 in Nimes, France. (Photo by Alexandre Dimou/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

It was too late, the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City were all now in the hunt and Ndombele eventually joined Tottenham in a reported (Guardian) £55 million move last summer. 

It was a similar tale with Eder Militao. As reported by UOL in September 2018, Everton were keen on the Brazilian international and were ready to track him following his switch to Porto from Sao Paulo. 

Unfortunately, he soon caught the eye of Real Madrid who paid a reported (The Guardian) £43.5 million to bring the defender to the Bernabeu. 

Even former Ajax star Matthijs De Ligt was once on Everton’s radar, as reported by The Telegraph in 2018.  He went on to have a sensational season with Ajax, prompting the attention of every major club in world football. The Dutch talent eventually joined Juventus. 

Everton again appear to be in a similar position with Gabriel. According to a report from the Daily Mail, Chelsea are now in a pole position to sign the Brazilan in the summer with Arsenal also keen on his signature.

Once again, it appears that Everton might have been the first ones at the party but they might be leaving alone. 

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