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Arsenal sign Gabriel from Lille

The Gunners have finally announced the signing of the Brazilian defender, who becomes the club’s second new arrival of the summer.

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille.

The defender enters in a £25 million ($33 million) deal and has signed a five-year contract with the Gunners.

He becomes the club’s second signing of the transfer window, following the capture of fellow Brazilian Willian – who joined on a free transfer from Chelsea.

Speaking about the signing, Arsenal’s technical director Edu stated: “We are delighted to have signed Gabriel. He is a player we have been studying for a while and he was in demand from many clubs, so we are proud to have agreed and completed this transfer with Lille and the player. “Gabriel is a player of high quality and Mikel and his coaches are looking forward to integrating him into the club.” 

The 22-year-old arrived in England last Monday when he travelled to Arsenal’s training ground at London Colney to put the finishing touches on his transfer.

He then underwent a medical in the capital. Gabriel has been in quarantine ever since he arrived from France, a country which is presently on the UK Government’s quarantine list. Gabriel will have to self-isolate for 14 days before being able to link up with his new team-mates.

He was permitted into London Colney on Monday under strict medical supervision to take part in the squad’s latest round of Covid testing.

Gabriel’s arrival will be a major boost to boss Mikel Arteta, who had been keen to add another centre-back to his ranks this summer.

Speaking about his latest capture, Arteta said: “We welcome Gabriel to Arsenal. He has many qualities which will make us stronger as a defensive unit and as a team.

“He has proved with Lille that he is a defender with many outstanding attributes and we are looking forward to watching him grow as an Arsenal player.”

Gabriel himself added: “[Edu and I] had several chats about Arsenal and the new project, we had many good conversations. “As the days went by I was getting very excited about it, then I had a call from the coach and that was very reassuring.

Gabriel will soon be followed into Arsenal by Dani Ceballos, who is close to returning to north London for another season-long loan deal from Real Madrid.

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