Gabriel Magalhaes sends message to Mikel Arteta after failed Arsenal move


Gabriel Magalhaes admits he would ‘love’ to play in the Premier League and has refused to rule out a move to Arsenal in the summer.

Mikel Arteta was desperate to bring in a central defender in the January transfer window after Calum Chambers suffered a season-ending knee injury and Lille star Gabriel was identified as a realistic target.

Lille reportedly rejected several ‘firm offers’ from Arsenal for Gabriel and the north London club went on to complete a six-month loan deal for Flamengo’s Pablo Mari.

But the Gunners have maintained an interest in Gabriel and are expected to return with another bid for the Brazilian at the end of the campaign.

It’s understood Lille have slapped a £30million price tag on the player they signed for just £1.5m back in 2016.

Gabriel’s performances this season have caught Everton’s attention, as well as Arsenal, and it’s clear the centre-back has one eye on a potential switch to England.

Asked whether joining Arsenal is a possibility in the future, Gabriel told Telefoot: ‘Maybe, I don’t know.

‘But I would love to play in the Premier League.’

Arteta has satisfied with Arsenal’s business this winter after Mari and Cedric Soares arrived through the doors at the Emirates.

On Mari, Arteta said: ‘He is a player who has big experience, he’s played in this country and in different leagues.

‘He knows what it means. He has been very willing to go to another top club. He has that desire and that commitment.

‘I followed him a few seasons ago and I really like what he can bring and it was the right conditions for us as well to try and improve the squad.’

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