Agent of Arsenal-linked Gabriel confirms Everton & Napoli offers

Gabriel Magalhaes’ representative has revealed that both Everton and Napoli have tabled offers for the highly sought after Lille star.

Lille standout

Gabriel, a 22-year-old central-defender, has established himself as one of European football’s most highly-regarded young stoppers over the last couple of seasons.

On the back of a series of loan spells away from Lille, the Brazilian was finally handed the chance to impress as part of the first-team setup at the Stade Pierre Mauroy last season.

And this is an opportunity which Gabriel has since gone on to grasp with both hands.

The gifted stopper’s standout showings at the heart of Lille’s backline over the second-half of the campaign eventually resulted in his permanent introduction to Christophe Galtier’s starting XI from the get-go in 2019/20.

Before the French season was brought to a premature end by the COVID-19 outbreak, Gabriel had earned starts in 23 of his side’s 28 Ligue 1 outings, along with all 6 of Les Dogues’ Champions League fixtures.

PL interest

The South American’s impressive displays throughout the campaign, though, have not gone at all unnoticed across Europe.

Recent months have seen a host of clubs, chiefly in the Premier League, named as suitors of Gabriel, with those in England evidently of the opinion that the 22-year-old’s physical attributes would translate well to the all action style of play in the country.

Gabriel dos Santos Magalhaes of Losc Lille during the during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Valencia CF and Losc Lille at Estadio de Mestalla on November 5, 2019 in Valencia, Spain (Photo by Maria Jose Segovia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The likes of Arsenal and Chelsea have both been hotly-tipped as potential destinations, with recent media speculation having hinted that the former are keeping a particularly close eye on the Lille star ahead of the opening of the summer transfer window.

To this point, however, the club thought to have expressed the most concrete interest in Gabriel are Everton.

Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti is thought to be on the lookout for defensive reinforcements ahead of his first full season in charge at Goodison Park, with Gabriel seemingly viewed as the ideal signing.

Everton make their move

And, as outlined above, confirmation has now arrived that Everton’s interest has in fact already gone beyond the stage of a formal enquiry.

Speaking during an interview with ArenaNapoli this week, Gabriel’s agent, Fernando Garcia, was drawn on his client’s future, as well as the interest of clubs across Europe.

And Garcia went on to reveal that a pair of clubs, in the form of the Ancelotti’s Merseysiders, and Serie A giants Napoli, have lodged offers for the Lille star.

Gabriel’s representative also appeared to hint that the Brazilian would be interested in a move to the latter:

‘Everton made a proposal to Lille at first, while Napoli made it later. Gabriel likes Napoli as a team and Gennaro Gattuso as a coach.’

Finally, Garcia concluded by revealing that ‘we are waiting for Lille’ to provide an update on the situation.

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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