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.
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.
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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