A number of Arsenal fans have given their thoughts on the report claiming Mikel Arteta’s Gunners are in pole position to sign Gabriel Magalhaes from under the noses of Napoli.
French outlet France Bleu 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.”
Should Arsenal succeed in pulling this move off, it wouldn’t be the first time they’ve snapped up a player after he was linked with Napoli.
And plenty of Gunners fans are optimistic about the possibility of a fourth such player arriving at the Emirates Stadium:
— Björn 🎗️ (@afcMG29) August 4, 2020
Napoli in the mud once again 🤣
— Ahmed Junior (@ahmed_junior93) August 4, 2020
Apparently they are Tier 1 for French news
— Mr Arsenal🇬🇭🎗 (@mikaogh2) August 4, 2020
Arsenal have a vendetta against Napoli.
— M (@watmanAFC) August 4, 2020
This would be huge
— TopGunner (@MesutGunner1) August 4, 2020
Napoli might hate us more than Juve if we get another one of their targets 😂
— JuanGoatoSZN (@GoatoSzn) August 4, 2020
Napoli mudded aginnnn
— Sahil (@Sahilarsenal) August 4, 2020
Arsenal is now Selecao FC 🇧🇷🇧🇷😅😅😅
— Giglio (@Aurelius_22) August 4, 2020
This is what we need
— JG (@jgrange2go) August 4, 2020