Arsenal really likes Gabriel Magalhaes and they have been scouting him for some time now, reckons David Ornstein of The Athletic.
The Brazilian has emerged as one of the best young defenders around Europe over the past two seasons after he helped Lille play in the last Champions League group stages.
He has attracted the attention of several top European teams and he will be allowed to leave the French side this season.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton and Manchester United are the English teams who are interested in signing him this summer after his fine season with Lille.
The Gunners have plans to pair him with William Saliba, who they signed last summer.
Reports claim that the Gunners have moved ahead of his other suitors in the race to sign him last week and that he has chosen to join the London side because he was impressed by the conversations he had with them.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Ornstein revealed that signing him is a deal that the Gunners will be keen to make happen because they have been monitoring him for some time now.
He said: “Arsenal’s interest is credible. They do like him a lot. He’s been high up on their scouting reports for a long time now & it would be a deal potentially that Mikel Arteta would like to do to bolster Arsenal’s defence.”