According to a recent report by The Athletic (subscription required), Arsenal are considering whether to make a move for LOSC Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhães during the January transfer window. The same source has also claimed any potential move could be complicated as the Brazilian defender is set to represent his country in an Olympic pre-qualifying tournament at the end of next month.
Gabriel’s Majestic Rise In The French Top Tier
The 22-year-old has enjoyed an excellent campaign for the French side so far after he put in a string of solid defensive displays in the Ligue 1. He has featured in 23 matches for Christophe Galtier’s side this term and has averaged 1.7 tackles, 1.4 interceptions and 3.5 clearances per game across all competitions (stats via whoscored).
Gabriel is one of the most promising young defenders in French football and has the potential to become a world-class player in his position someday. He is yet to earn his first senior cap for his nation but is currently a vital member of the Brazilian Under-23 side.
The Gunners have struggled a lot defensively during this Premier League campaign so it won’t be a surprise if they decide to bring in some quality defenders like Gabriel in January.
What Will The Brazil U-23 International Bring To North London?
Even though the Brazilian is not the quickest of defenders, he makes up for his lack of pace through his powerful presence inside his own penalty area. Gabriel has improved his game a lot this season and has shown that he can be a reliable defender at the back. He excels at winning the ball back for his team and can also make some crucial clearances for his side.
The South American sensation has the makings of a top centre-back so the Gunners will do well to lure him away from the Stade Pierre Mauroy next month. He will be an upgrade over any of Mikel Arteta’s current defensive options at North London. Furthermore, the Brazilian will be able to link up with his former teammate Nicolas Pepe at the Emirates, which might help him settle into life in England quickly.
Gabriel will not only improve the quality of the Arsenal squad but will also add some toughness to their backline that has leaked in 27 goals in 18 league matches thus far. Therefore, Arteta should go all out to recruit him this winter.
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