Arsenal have completed the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille in a deal worth up to £27million. The central defender becomes Mikel Arteta’s second major arrival of the summer transfer window.
Arsenal have seen off competition from Everton, Manchester United and Napoli for Magalhaes, who completed a medical last week ahead of signing a long-term contract at the Emirates Stadium.
The 22-year-old who will wear our number 6 shirt joins fellow Brazilian Willian in joining the Gunners this summer. The former Chelsea winger arrived on a free earlier in mid-August after his deal at Stamford Bridge expired.
Arsenal have long been hampered by defensive frailties but appear to be a more solid proposition under Arteta, who took charge last December.
Magalhaes’ arrival coupled with William Saliba’s return from a season-long loan spell at St-Etienne means a long-term pairing is there to be formed in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Arsenal have also used a three-at-the-back tactic under Arteta, and Gunners legend Martin Keown believes Magalhaes is the perfect recruit for both systems.
“Well I sincerely hope so,” Keown said on BT Sport.
“He’s really strong, quick, left-footed player.
“I saw him play against Chelsea for Lille last season, I went out to watch him. Magnificent player, I think he’s the future.