Gabriel Magalhaes left stunned by Mikel Arteta ahead of Arsenal transfer

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Gabriel has a host of suitors (Picture: Getty)

Gabriel Magalhaes was reportedly left stunned by Mikel Arteta’s insistence during talks about a potential switch to Arsenal.

The Lille defender appears set to join Arsenal despite interest from Napoli and a late move from Manchester United.

Gabriel was asked by United to hold off on committing to Arsenal, but the player has grown tired of the transfer saga and is ready to resolve his future.

Italian outlet Corriere Dello Sport claim Gabriel has been massively swayed by Arteta and Napoli are resigned to missing out on the centre-back.

Arsenal and Arteta have constantly been on the phone to Gabriel in a bid to complete the transfer quickly.

Gabriel has been left ‘stunned’ by Arteta’s insistence and it appears the Gunners’ tactic has worked.

The Brazilian will become Arsenal’s second summer signing after the Gunners secured the signature of former Chelsea attacker Willian.

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Arteta has swayed Gabriel (Picture: Getty)

Arteta has a limited transfer budget, but Gabriel will represent a big expenditure for the London club.

The deal is believed to be worth in the region of £27million, but Arteta was desperate to strengthen a wayward backline.

A new centre-back was high on Arteta’s agenda and a new forward is also on the head coach’s check list.

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