Arsenal close in on Gabriel Magalhaes transfer and agree new contract with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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Aubameyang is set to sign a new deal (Picture: Getty)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has agreed terms on a new contract and Arsenal are closing in on the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille, according to reports.

Arsenal have been trying for months to convince their club captain to pen a new long-term deal, who has less than a year left on his current contract.

The Telegraph claim Arsenal feel they are ‘extremely close’ to securing the future of Aubameyang, who will earn around £250,000-a-week with his new contract.

Arsenal are hopeful Gabriel will join Aubameyang at the Emirates and have agreed a deal in principle for the coveted centre-back.

Napoli and Everton are also vying to sign Gabriel and the Serie A side consider themselves frontrunners to seal a £27.15million for the Brazilian.

Manchester United were also chasing the defender, but cooled their interest after deciding to pursue other targets.

Aubameyang dropped a hint on Twitter that he was preparing to make an announcement and confirmation of a new deal will be a huge relief for Mikel Arteta and Arsenal fans.

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Gabriel is in hot demand (Picture: Getty)

The Gabon international has been the club’s top scorer this season and inspired the Gunners to triumph in the FA Cup final against Chelsea.

Ex-Gunner chief Raul Sanllehi was the one spearheading deals for Aubameyang and Gabriel, but his departure is not expected to affect negotiations.

Sanllehi is believed to have left the Emirates feeling his influence had diminished and that Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu were calling most of the shots.

Gabriel, 22, would be the club’s first summer signing, as Arteta aims to overhaul his squad before the new season begins.

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