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Napoli take control in chase for Lille defender Gabriel

France Football report that Serie A side Napoli are currently in pole position to land Brazilian central defender Gabriel from Ligue 1 side Lille this summer.

Everton and the Italian side are currently the furthest along in that they are the only two sides to have been in formal discussions over signing the player, who Les Dogues fans are fully convinced won’t be at the club for the 2020/21 campaign.

Other big European sides are also in talks for the player, but only on an informal level at this stage. The reason that Napoli lead is because manager Gennaro Gattuso has made an impassioned pitch to the player as to why he wants him to be playing in southern Italy next season. Any deal will likely be closed around the €30m mark.

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