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Gabriel poised to join Arsenal

L’Équipe report that 22-year-old Brazilian central defender Gabriel is very close to joining Premier League side Arsenal, who are offering him a 5-year contract.

The defender and the London club have never been closer to a total agreement, which is expected to come in the next hours.

Everton have given up on signing Gabriel, but Napoli have still not had their last word and a final attempt on the part of the Serie A side to improve on Arsenal’s wage offer should not be excluded, especially for a team that was for a long time the favourites to land the Brazilian.

If Napoli don’t make such a move, the Gunners will finalise things with Gabriel this week.

In any case, the deal will bring Lille €30m including guaranteed bonuses.

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