Gabriel Magalhaes, linked with Arsenal, ready for Premier League

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Gabriel Magalhaes’ future appears to have finally gained clarity after Arsenal struck a deal to sign the Lille defender.

Sports messaging reported on Tuesday that a deal worth £ 22million plus add-ons was in place to bring the Brazilian, who is expected to sign a five-year contract, to the Emirates Stadium.

Compatriots Willian and David Luiz can help him settle in, but does this signing fit in well with what Mikel Arteta needs ahead of the new season? Sports messaging executes the rule on the 22-year-old.

Gabriel Magalhaes reportedly close to £ 22million move plus add-ons to join Arsenal

Who is he?

At 22, Gabriel has already established himself as one of Europe’s most impressive center-backs.

Lille have a habit of producing players before selling for huge fees and the Brazilian appears to be the latest to bring his talents to the Premier League with an imminent move to Arsenal.

The north side of France picked it up from the Brazilian side Avai, with Gabriel from Sao Paulo.

A few disappointing loan spells followed – first at Troyes, then at Dinamo Zagreb – having lacked management’s confidence in the first team, but when an opportunity presented itself due to mounting injuries to those who left it. came before, Gabriel seized it and prospered.

While he has yet to receive a call for the senior Brazil squad, expect that to change if he gets regular minutes to bring Arsenal full-backs together.

The 22-year-old was a revelation in Ligue 1 and he was put in the spotlight

The 22-year-old was a revelation in Ligue 1 and he was put in the spotlight

Is it suitable for the Premier League?

Everton had been sold on Gabriel for a while but hesitated and now seemed ready to view the Brazilian as the one who escaped.

What he brings to Arsenal the most are traits that no other player on the squad has, which makes him a seriously solid investment from Mikel Arteta and the club’s hierarchy.

Data shows Magalhaes, who is 6-foot-3, failed to give a single penalty in the shortened Ligue 1 season.

He also didn’t make a single mistake that led to an opponent’s shot. Both are key as they are mistakes that have marred compatriot and future Arsenal teammate David Luiz on a bad day.

His size will also make him a key asset in attacking and defending scenarios.

Mikel Arteta wanted to add qualities that his side does not have and Gabriel adapts to this mold

Mikel Arteta wanted to add qualities that his side does not have and Gabriel adapts to this mold

The player won the Champions League qualifiers this season as Lille finished last in their group behind Chelsea, Ajax and Valencia. But this experience will be very useful to him and Arteta is in the process of acquiring a player of a different composition than the defenders currently at his disposal.

Arteta has already talked about bringing in players who cover a specific need of the current squad. Although he’s still only 22 years old, it really feels like Gabriel fits that mold.

“We need to assess (the transfer activities),” Arteta said earlier this summer. “I am very clear on what we need.

“It’s not something that I want to publish in the media and to the world, it’s something that we keep in-house.

“But some are because we don’t have enough players in the position, sometimes because we need more specificity in some positions and in others because we just need to improve. “

What did we say about him?

Lille, unsurprisingly given that they know their interest, cannot speak highly enough of their young star defender.

“I think he is currently in the top five dominant center-backs in Europe,” club president Gerard Lopez said earlier this season.

“His statistics, which are not well covered outside of France, show that his winning percentage in duels is quite unknown in an extremely physical league. “

Jose Fonte, who played alongside Gabriel, could also only speak in praise of the latest rising star to leave the Pierre Mauroy stadium.

“Now he’s a regular member and everyone is talking about him,” Fonte told the Liverpool Echo earlier this year. ‘I am really happy.

“A football player can always learn. He was very caring. With humility and hard work, he will be able to play at a very good level.

Passionate passer, he can be a defender playing ball for Arteta in a back three or four back

Passionate passer, he can be a defender playing ball for Arteta in a back three or four back

Is it going to go straight to the side?

One of the big advantages of Gabriel is that he would be able to get into a back three or four back.

William Saliba’s return on loan is another boost for Mikel Arteta and he could now continue with a 3-5-2 that would see Gabriel and Saliba flank David Luiz in the middle.

Luiz looks much more at ease in the middle of a back three and that showed in the FA Cup semi-final and final in which Arsenal beat Manchester City and then Chelsea.

Gabriel, 22, and Saliba, 19, are said to provide the energy on either side to keep pace with the quick forwards who dominate the Premier League attacks.

Gabriel’s consistent ability to make the right decision and not make mistakes would be invaluable in times of high pressure, especially away from home, and his presence would allow Luiz to be more of a sweeper in the middle.

David Luiz will be essential to help him settle down but Gabriel could also allow the Brazilian to flourish

David Luiz will be essential to help him settle down but Gabriel could also allow the Brazilian to flourish

How is he off the pitch?

For a player who views Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar as his idol, Gabriel can be flashed off the pitch with his clothes and cars on.

He’s having fun and that risks luring him into a lively Arsenal locker room with star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang particularly passionate about cars, while Hector Bellerin is a big defender of fashion off the pitch.

On his Instagram, we see him flying a kite and also spending his free time exploring Paris.

A move to London would seem appealing due to his desire to explore the capital cities and an outgoing character like Gabriel is likely to fit right in with Arteta’s team.

Dresser sharp and eager to relax off the pitch, Gabriel should fit well in the dressing room

Dresser sharp and eager to relax off the pitch, Gabriel should fit well in the dressing room

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