Gabriel Magalhaes turned down ‘more lucrative offers’ to join Arsenal after being convinced of the club’s ‘project’ by manager Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu, the player’s agent has confirmed.
Gabriel is expected to complete the formalities of his £27m move to the Emirates from Lille on Monday, with the player having agreed terms on a deal and completed a medical after turning down several offers from across Europe.
The highly-rated Brazilian will bolster the Gunners’ overstocked centre-back options as Arteta’s rebuild of the north London side continues and the defender’s agent, Guilherme Miranda, has revealed his client has turned down bigger financial offers to sign for Arsenal.
“Arsenal was nowhere near the best proposal [money-wise],” Miranda told journalist Freddie Paxton.
“Gabriel chose them over more lucrative offers because Edu convinced us of the project. It’s 100 per cent because of Edu Gaspar and Arteta.”
Napoli and Everton are believed to have had offers accepted for the defender by Lille before his decision to move to Arsenal, whilst Manchester United had also been credited with an interest in the 22-year-old as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seeks a left-footed centre-back in the summer transfer window.
Gabriel is set to become Arsenal’s fourth signing of a busy summer of recruitment for the Premier League side, however, following the free transfer signing of Willian from Chelsea and the permanent arrivals of last season’s loanees in Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari.
Arsenal – who controversially announced the news of 55 staff redundancies in a bid to cut costs earlier this month – will now look to raise further funds through player sales, Gabriel set to become the club’s eighth centre-back with the likes of Sokratis, Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding all likely to be made available for transfer.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles is nearing an exit with the youngster in talks over a £20m switch to Wolves, whilst fellow midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is also viewed as a saleable asset after falling out-of-favour last season.