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Arsenal sign Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille for £25m
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Arsenal sign Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille for £25m

Brazilian center-back signed a long term contract with the Gunners after months long transfer saga.

Arsenal have completed the signing of Brazilian defender Gabriel from Ligue 1 club Lille on Tuesday.

Gunners have beaten the likes of Napoli, Manchester United and Everton for the signing of 22 years old. The reported fee Arsenal paid for the signature of Gabriel is around £25m ($33 million).

He becomes the club’s second signing of the summer after the arrival of Willian on a free transfer.

Gabriel who made 34 appearances for Lille last season in all competitions including six in UEFA Champions League will add depth to the team’s defence ahead of the new season.

Arsenal have earlier already secured the permanent signings of last season loanees Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari.

The 22-year-old Brazilian is regarded as one of the highly-rated young center-backs in Europe and someone who is very calm and composed under pressure.

Premier League rivals Manchester United and Everton along with Napoli were also said to be interested in his signature but Mikel Arteta’s side has beaten them for his signature.

Arsenal start their Premier League campaign against newly-promoted Fulham on September 12.

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