Gabriel Magalhaes: Manchester United close to sealing deal for £27m-rated defender

Gabriel Magalhaes: Manchester United close to sealing deal for £27m-rated defender

- Gabriel Magalhaes had a remarkable season with French Ligue 1 side Lille

- The 22-year-old Brazilian could be playing at the Old Trafford next season

- He is expected to arrive at Manchester United in the coming days in a bid to regularize his contract

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Gabriel Magalhaes is expected to arrive at the Old Trafford in the coming days as United are closing-in on a £27million deal for the Lille of France defender.

The Brazilian star has been a toast of Premier League clubs including Arsenal, however it looks like the player will be heading to United.

Reports from England have it that United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is doing everything possible to sign a long-term defender to pair with Harry Maguire at the back.

And chances are that Magalhaes would be fit for the position and he is expected to leave Lille in the coming weeks, with the Ligue 1 club's owner Gerard Lopez admitting as much.

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He recently told L'Equipe: "With Gabriel, we are talking and we’ve given him an exit pass. He will choose his club this week.”

Gabriel Magalhaes: Manchester United close to sealing deal for £27m-rated defender
Gabriel Magalhaes in action at Lille. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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The 6ft 3in defender made 34 appearances in the curtailed French 2019-20 season - including every minute of his side's Champions League campaign.

Meanwhile, Angel Gomes has finally dumped Manchester United after he and his advisors failed to reach an agreement with the Old Trafford side as he joins French Ligue 1 side Lille, Sky Sports reports.

The 19-year-old will immediately proceed on loan to Portuguese outfit Boavista to continue his career development. It was gathered that the 19-year-old had been with United since joining their academy at the age of six.

He featured in a total of ten matches for the Red Devils, including six appearances under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season. earlier reported that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is reportedly interested in signing the Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic to strengthen his squad for next season.

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But the Croatian star whose contract with the Catalans expire in the summer of 2021 is not ready to leave Camp Nou just yet. The 32-year-old joined the Blaugrana from Sevilla in July 2014 and has been an integral part of the squad since then.

However, Sunsport reports that the 2018 FIFA World Cup finalist would rather rejoin Los Palanganas in a deal worth about £9 million.

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