Arsenal tipped to make a bid for Brazilian defender in the coming weeks

Arsenal is expected to make their move for Lille’s defender Gabriel in the coming weeks, according to a report from French media outlet Le10Sport.

The defender has been a target of Arsenal for some months now, but the Gunners face competition from other English teams like Everton for his signature.

The young Brazilian has been at the French side since 2017 and he has developed into one of the most important players in the team.

He helped them qualify for the Champions League this season and also contributed as they earned a return to Europe for next season despite the French league being curtailed by the coronavirus.

The report claims that Lille has to make one or two big sales this summer to balance their books, which could pave a way for Arsenal to sign the defender.

It further claims that the French side values the defender at 30 million Euros and that Arsenal has maintained contact with the player’s entourage.

Arsenal signed William Saliba last season, but they allowed him to remain with Saint Etienne for the rest of the season.

He is expected to become an important member of the Arsenal first-team next season, should the Gunners sign Gabriel, he would likely partner the Frenchman in a new-look Arsenal defence next season.

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  1. Skills1000 says:

    We need a Kelvin De Bryne type of signing. Goal scoring midfielders. imo, no need to invest in the defence. we need players for the now. Thomas Partey and Nabil Fekir for starters.

    1. jon fox says:

      “No need to invest in the defence”? Exactly what planet are you on. We haveLuiz Mustafi and thre worstof all Sokratis as our main three. Yes I know we will have the unproven teenager Saliba next season . But if you honestly think our defence is not needing investment, I pity your thinking abilities.

      1. Skills1000 says:

        Hi Jon. You and I know the kind of owner we have. we wont get more players in a single window. we have struggled to create chances this season.

        take a look at our Central Defense. Mari, Luiz, Mustafi, Holding, Sokratis, Chambers and Saliba.

        We know the defence has improved since Arteta took over.

        Take a look at our midfield

        Guedonzi: Guy is still a kid. He does not score goals. Cant defend, cant dribble. Offers nothing to the team. You cant win a league with Guendonzi anchoring your midfield week in week out. he should be loaned out

        Xhaka: A good player. he cant dribble and cant move with the ball. But very good in distributing the ball and dictating the play from deep

        Torrera: Good at interceptions but does not have the stamina and height. he will be bullied off the ball.

        Ceballos: A loan. just starting to find his rythm

        Ozil: My favourite but is easing out of the game. His numbers have dropped significantly,
        Willock: same as Guendouzi

        We dont have midfielders who can move with the ball. players who can dribble. Midfielders who take shots like KDB. Goal scoring midfielders like Son

        Rather than spend money on another defender, why cant we get a Kelvin De Bryne kind of player? A goal scoring, all action midfielder. Can you compare Man City goals from midfield with ours?

        The midfield is the most important. We cant waste money on another Central Defender.

        Im Ok with the current defense. I will rather invest in Asensio / Nabir Fekir / Kelvin De Bryne than wasting money on Upamenco.

        Kelvin De Bryne tore us apart the last time we played Man City.

  2. James Ngoma says:

    As an arsenal fan I’ve suffered a lot please bring back the glory days. Thomas in midfield and Gabriel at the back, please.

  3. Val says:

    I’ve seen this guy play a few times this season, he looks like a pretty solid CB, whether he can do it in the prem will always be up for debate but, he looks like a much better CB than Mustafi and Sokratis.
    No team has everr gone on to great things with a defence like we have, we leak far to many goals.

    For me I would love us to rid of those 2 players, Xaka and one of either Laca or Auba ( if auba doesn’t re-sign get him gone) my preference would be Laca as this would allow Auba to always play centrally and also be able to bring Saka or Martinelli in on the wing.
    Partey to replace Xaka is a no brainer imo.
    If we could get rid of Ozil aswel that would probably make my year but the club screwed over any chance of that happening with his last contract

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