Gabriel’s agent reveals Lille star turned down bigger offers to join Arsenal

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Gabriel is set to sign a five-year deal with Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

The agent of Arsenal-bound star Gabriel Magalhaes has revealed the Lille defender turned down more lucrative offers elsewhere in order to move to the Emirates.

The Brazilian was at the Gunners’ training ground on Monday to undergo a medical with the club ahead of a £22million move to north London.

Arsenal saw off competition from Napoli, Manchester United and Everton for the defender’s signature and the work of Mikel Arteta are said to have been influential in the Brazilian’s decision.

The decision was clearly not down solely to finances as Gabriel’s agent has confirmed he could have earned far more elsewhere but for Edu’s work in convincing the Brazilian about the ‘project’ at the club.

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Gabriel had offers from Napoli and Manchester United (Photo by Dave Winter/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

‘Arsenal was nowhere near the best proposal [money wise],’ Guilherme Miranda told Freddie Paxton of the Guardian.

‘Gabriel chose them over more lucrative offers because Edu convinced us of the project. It’s 100% because of Edu Gaspar and Arteta.’

Arteta will be buoyed by Gabriel’s decision to join the club and he arrives alongside fellow youngster William Saliba, who signed for the Gunners last summer but stayed on loan at St Etienne.

Gunners will be hoping the duo can form a new partnership in the heart of Arsenal’s defence to cure the defensive problems they’ve experienced in recent years.

Gabriel will become Arsenal’s second signing of the summer following Willian’s arrival on a free transfer from Chelsea but Arteta hopes to make further additions.

Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey is a leading target, while Arteta may decide on signing another midfielder if Dani Ceballos’ stay is not prolonged.

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