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Gabriel Magalhaes reacts on Instagram Over £25m transfer deal

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Arsenal are in action against Liverpool this afternoon, but some fans have one eye on developments regarding Gabriel Magalhaes.

A £25m fee with Lille has been agreed for the Brazilian defender – who has also reportedly completed his medical and is now waiting for an official announcement from the Gunners.

There was a theory that the deal would have been confirmed on Wednesday, as there was a sighting at the Emirates Stadium that sent many supporters into a frenzy.

However, proved to be wishful thinking.

Although, Mikel Arteta did break his silence regarding the Gunners’ pursuit of the defender when speaking ahead of the Community Shield clash against Liverpool at Wembley Stadium.

“Regarding Gabriel, we cannot announce anything yet, the deal is not finalised – you all know he is a player that we have followed for a long time and hopefully we can get it done,” Arteta said on Thursday.

“Well, everything is okay when both parties sign, and the player agrees the terms and he goes through the medical – sometimes that, in the final stages, is not as easy as it looks.

“But we are pretty positive that we can do it.

“Again, when we get it I will be very pleased. He’s a player that we’ve followed and we’re very determined that it was the right profile for us to improve our squad.

“If we are able to finalise it, we will be delighted.”

As a result, it’s a waiting game for the defender as well as Arsenal supporters.

And whilst Gabriel waits to be unveiled, he’s been active on social media, posting an image via his Instagram stories after Arteta’s update.

When Gabriel is finally announced, it will be a case of one defender in, and one out at the Emirates Stadium.

According to The Athletic, Rob Holding is set to join Newcastle United in a season-long loan deal after the game against Liverpool.

That would leave William Saliba, David Luiz, Pablo Mari, Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi as the other senior central defensive options at Arteta’s disposal.

 

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