Arsenal sign Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille
Latest transfer update as North London club Arsenal sign from Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille.
The defender arrives in a £25 million ($33 million) deal and has signed a five-year contract with the Gunners.
How Arsenal sign Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille
He becomes the club’s second signing of the transfer window, following the capture of fellow Brazilian Willian – who joined on a free transfer from Chelsea.
Speaking about the signing, Arsenal’s technical director Edu said: “We are delighted to have signed Gabriel. He is a player we have been studying for a while and he was in demand from many clubs, so we are proud to have agreed and completed this transfer with Lille and the player.
“Gabriel is a player of high quality and Mikel and his coaches are looking forward to integrating him into the club.”
The 22-year-old arrived in England last Monday when he travelled to Arsenal’s training ground at London Colney to put the finishing touches on his transfer. He then underwent a medical in the capital.
Gabriel has been in quarantine ever since as he arrived from France, a country which is currently on the UK Government’s quarantine list. Gabriel will have to self-isolate for 14 days before being able to link up with his new team-mates.
He was allowed into London Colney on Monday under strict medical supervision to take part in the squad’s latest round of Covid testing.
Gabriel’s arrival will be a major boost to boss Mikel Arteta, who had been keen to add another centre-back to his ranks this summer.
Speaking about his latest capture, Arteta said: “We welcome Gabriel to Arsenal. He has many qualities which will make us stronger as a defensive unit and as a team.