Lille president Gerard Lopez confirms Arsenal and Manchester United target Gabriel Magalhaes’ departure

Gabriel will leave the club this summer
Gabriel will leave the club this summer (Picture: Getty Images)

Lille president Gerard Lopez has confirmed that Gabriel Magalhaes will leave the club this summer amid interest from Arsenal, Manchester United and Napoli.

The 22-year-old earned plaudits for his excellent performances as Lille secured a fourth-placed finish in Ligue 1 last season.

With both Mikel Arteta and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the market for defensive reinforcements, Gabriel could reportedly be purchased for around £25 million.

The Brazilian is also left-footed, a trait that Solskjaer appears looking for in a centre-back after telling Manchester City new boy Nathan Ake as much in July.

Lopez revealed that Gabriel will leave the club and the defender is set to make a decision on his next move within the next two weeks.

‘The way we work is very simple,’ the Lille president told BBC World Service. ‘We explain to him and his environment, his agent, what we are looking for, and once we get those offers the choice is his, like we did with Nico [Pepe] and Victor [Oshimen].

The Brazilian is set to make up his mind imminently
The Brazilian is set to make up his mind imminently (Picture: Getty Images)

‘We are there now, so we told him, ‘Eventually you have to make a decision but we’re not pressing you’.

‘I think he will make it this week, or next week at the latest. He is leaving, we’ve given the OK for that.

‘There’s a lot of competition. He’s a young player so he’s got to make sure he makes the right decision. We help him out a little bit so we tell him, ‘We think this might be the right manager or club for you’.

‘He’s got so much talent, he will succeed wherever he goes.’

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