Gabriel Magalhães speaks out amid reports of off-site Everton medical

Everton ‘left in limbo’

Lille defender Gabriel Magalhães has spoken out about his future, amid suggestions that he has passed an off-site medical to join Everton.

Gabriel has been pretty impressive for Lille, and is the latest young talent to emerge from the club.

Rafael Leão and Nicolas Pepe have both left the club for big money in recent years, and Gabriel is the latest to be linked with a move away.

The 22-year-old has made 34 appearances so far this season, including six in the Champions League.

As a result of his performances, both Everton and Arsenal have been linked.

 

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Everton off-site medical and three other clubs make their moves

This week, it was suggested by the Independent that Gabriel had completed an off-site medical for Everton.

A contract offer had supposedly been made before the COVID-19 pandemic, with Everton confident of getting a deal done early.

However, global stability due to the virus has caused a delay.

Now, the Independent claim: ‘there is a fear the 22-year-old could now bide his time before making any decision over his future.’ 

Sky Sports also reported on Friday that four clubs have made offers for Gabriel.

After Everton’s offer, an unnamed English club and two Italian sides have bid.

Now, Gabriel has responded to rumours of a move.

 

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‘I have my head in Lille’

Speaking to Globo Esporte, Gabriel suggested that he’s focussing solely on Lille for now.

“I just renewed the contract, I heard about conversations, I saw things on websites in England, but I have my head in Lille and I’m very calm to finish the season well, achieve great things next season,” Gabriel explained.

That will not be good news for Everton, who, judging by reports, were planning to steal a march on other clubs by moving for Gabriel early.

It now remains to be seen where the Brazilian will end up.

 

See also: Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti to make Lille’s Gabriel his first summer signing – Mirror

Ancelotti: Everton need ‘two or three’ players to compete for Champions League places


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