Arsenal are reportedly in pole position to sign Gabriel Magalhaes from under the noses of Napoli, according to France Bleu.
The French outlet claims that the Serie A side had been in pole position to snap up the Lille defender, but the situation has now changed.
Arsenal have reportedly taken an interest in Gabriel and are now in a position to snap him up and bring him to the Emirates Stadium.
Gabriel made the move to Lille from Brazilian outfit Avai back in 2016 for just £1.5million and became a key first-teamer last season, featuring 34 times in all competitions.
“I feel he is among the top five dominant central defenders in Europe right now,” Lille president Gerard Lopez told Sky Sports back in April.
“His statistics, which aren’t well covered outside of France, shows that his percentage for winning duels is pretty unheard of in a league that’s extremely physical.
“He’s an absolute machine, so to me, he’s well on his way – if not this year – to potentially a really big club. I’m certain he’s on his way to the Brazilian national team at some point.”
Gabriel was sensational for Lille last season and his skills and efforts could help bolster an Arsenal defence which has struggled at times and is currently missing several players due to injury.
Interestingly, should the Gunners pull this move off, it wouldn’t be the first time they’ve snapped up a player after he was linked with Napoli.