Lille owner Gerard Lopez has confirmed that the Ligue 1 side have accepted offers from both Arsenal and Napoli for Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhães.
Both clubs are understood to have submitted €30 million offers for the 22-year-old centre-back and it’s down to him where he decides to go next.
While Napoli have been in contact with Gabriel’s representatives for longer, the Gunners are confident that they will get their man. Various reports have suggested the player is keen on trying his luck at Arsenal with Mikel Arteta keen to have him as part of a new-look defence.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Lopez said: “I think he [Gabriel] has narrowed it down. I think it is far to say that Arsenal are high interest to him. Napoli is high interest to him. We’ve given him plenty of time to make up his mind.
“We’ve always said, as we did with Pepe, that if we have an agreement with a club or two clubs or three clubs, and the agreements are the same, we’re not going to create a bidding competition. We said, whenever we have the number that we want, you are free to choose.
“That choice, and I don’t think I am giving up too much if I tell you, is going to be made probably between today or tomorrow. I’m unable to tell you at this stage what it is.
“We’ve given him some recommendations but we don’t like to talk about them in public, we don’t want anyone to feel bad or whatever, but we’ve told him where we think he should go. At the end of the day, he’s in an environment to make his choice and we support that.”
If he were to choose Arsenal, Gabriel would be joining a burgeoning Brazilian enclave in N5 with David Luiz, Gabriel Martinelli and Willian all joining in the last 14 months.
Possibly in an attempt to ward off Napoli, who are set to sell Kalidou Koulibaly to Manchester City, it’s also been reported that Sokratis has been offered to the Serie A side. The Greece international, 32, has played in Italy previously for Genoa and AC Milan and could be tempted by a return with playing time at Arsenal likely to be limited.