Arsenal closing on Gabriel Magalhaes but medical issues holding back deal

Arsenal are closing in on the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes this summer, but there have so far been issues in arranging for a medical to be completed.

Due to Coronavirus regulations, the Mirror claims that the Brazilian’s medical may well have to take place in France, in order to get the deal over the line, whilst alternative claims are that they are hoping to waive the two-week isolation rules in order to complete proceedings in an ordinary fashion.

Duncan Castles on the other hand claims that the medical will take place today ahead of his €30million move to Arsenal, after numerous reports that the deal is all-but done.

Gabriel could well find himself making up a brand new centre-back pairing for the new campaign, with William Saliba expected to enjoy his debut season in the Arsenal first-team this season also.

The 19 year-old agreed a deal to move to the Emirates last summer, but part of that agreement included that the defender would see out the next 12 months on loan with his former side, a time which has now been completed.

It will be interesting to see what happens with David Luiz going into the new campaign, and whether Mikel Arteta will pursue with the back three which proved fruitful in the FA Cup latter stages.

The former Chelsea CB agreed a new one-year extension with the club prior to the end of the term, and played our the remainder of the campaign as a regular starter, but fans have voiced their frustrations previously over his calamitous performances which he possesses.

Will Gabriel and Saliba prove to displace Luiz from being a regular starter for the new season?


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  1. I think he will be an arsenal player…

    Houssem Aouar of Lyon could be an arsenal player as well. We are willing to give Guendouzi + cash for Him. Maybe we are going for him since Ceballos might not be coming, although I see both of them playing together if we get Aouar and ceballos comes back on loan… this deals won’t be easy but i m glad Arsenal are making effort. They should up their effort though.

    Anyway, Gabriel medical is the hold back for now although some reports are saying he has agree a 5 year deal.

    1. can those deals realy come to an end? coz am seeing that due to the covid-19 pandemic Arsenal may get had time to make those deal done lets pray for gunners

  2. How good his this player compared to what we have ? I feel without a good midfield our defence will steal leak goals.

  3. Not sure if Saliba is right footed but if he is it could see us revert to a back 3 with Saliba, Luiz and Gabrielle. I believe that Gabrielle is left footed.

    Alternatively Luiz could be moved into DM to accommodate a back 4 if Partey goes pear shaped which is looking more likely.

  4. Sounds like this is going to get over the line unless he has a last minute change of heart. Great news, and sounds like our defense is ready for next season. It’ll have some inexperienced players, that will have to be anchored down by our experienced ones. We need a David Luiz of old, and not the one we saw for 90% of last season.

    @Nickerless Bender, yeah, Saliba is right-footed.

    1. thought as much RSH. Back 3 seems like the new formation and can turn into back 5 with wing backs. Looks like MA is looking for ingame formation changes that can revert to a 4 or vice versa if needed. Which isn’t a bad thing 🤞👍

      1. if this is the case I will be gobsmacked if the Partey deal happens.

        Not that I’m a tactical genius but I see a 4 2 1 3 formation. Its about replacing Ceballos so don’t be surprised if the 1 could be ESR, AMN, Willock or should I mention his name Ozil🤫

        But I am pished… 🥴

  5. It’s not unusual for medical to be carried out abroad so I dint see what is controversial about it.

  6. Gabriel is an experience player and i hope he wil be a great pair wit saliba and luiz,alongside with tierney and if possible,bellerin wil also be a great addition to our defence.

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