Leicester Join Arsenal & PSG in Tracking £25m-Rated Lille Defender Gabriel Magalhães


​Leicester City have joined the hunt for Paris Saint-Germain, Everton and Arsenal target Gabriel Magalhaes, with a deal of around £25m being mooted in the summer for the highly rated Lille defender.

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The Brazilian centre-back has attracted admiring glances from across Europe with some solid displays for the French outfit, having broken into the first team following a pair of loan stints away from Les Dogues since moving to the club in 2017.

​Arsenal and ​Everton were claimed to have made a move to sign the 22-year-old Gabriel during the January transfer window, only to be knocked back by Lille, who find themselves in the top four in Ligue 1 this season.

Gabriel recently ​opened the door to a potential ​Premier League switch in the summer, expressing a desire to embark on a new journey in the English top flight, confessing a move to the Gunners could happen.

“Maybe, I don’t know,” he said. “But I would love to play in the Premier League.”

According to ​Le10 Sport, Mikel Arteta’s side aren’t the only interest party, though. The French outlet add on previous speculation of Everton’s interest, but include throwing ​Leicester City in the mix. 

The Foxes are still looking for a replacement for Harry Maguire, while the ageing Wes Morgan’s time at the King Power Stadium is likely to come to an end in the summer when his contract expires. 

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It is added by Le10 Sport that Leicester have the financial clout to pursue a move given they are in pole position to earn a Champions League spot next season, which is beneficial as Gabriel recently put pen to paper on an extended deal that holds a €30m (£25m) release clause.

However, a sticking point for any of the Premier League sides is the added interest of Ligue 1 giants PSG. Club captain Thiago Silva is entering the final six months of his deal in Paris, and Thomas Tuchel is eager to find a replacement for the 35-year-old Brazilian when his eight-year spell with the club likely comes to a close.

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