Arsenal in talks to sign 22-year-old as Arteta looks to pull-off £72m double swoop

By on August 11, 2020


According to the Independent, Arsenal are in talks with Lille over a potential deal for Gabriel Magalhaes while Mikel Arteta is also targeting a big-money swoop for Thomas Partey this summer.

The boss knows he needs to strengthen his defence as Arsenal were woeful at the back for much of last season and another centre-back is still on the agenda despite the arrival of William Saliba and Pablo Mari.

Gabriel has been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates in recent weeks and the Independent claims that Arsenal have opened talks with Lille over a possible deal after scouting the defender extensively.

The newspaper suggests the 22-year-old will cost around £27m [€30m] and Lille have already signed Sven Botman as a replacement but Arsenal could face competition from the likes of Manchester United, Napoli and Everton for his signature.

Gabriel came close to agreeing a move to Everton back in March before the proposed deal was derailed by the pandemic while Napoli have also reportedly held discussions to sign the Brazilian but need to offload Kalidou Koulibaly first.

Arsenal will also have to sell to raise funds before any deal for Gabriel can be completed and the likes of Sokratis, Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi could all be sold to help raise transfer money.

Gabriel would be a hugely exciting addition to Arteta’s squad as he’s developed into one of the most highly-rated young defenders in Ligue 1 having starred for Lille last season so let’s hope we can get it done.

Arsenal are also in the market for midfield reinforcements as that’s been another weak area in the team and the Independent claims we’re still hoping to land Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey.

The 27-year-old has been strongly touted as Arteta’s first choice midfield target this summer after impressing at the heart of Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid side in recent years.

The La Liga outfit are trying to tie him down to a new contract but Partey has so far refused to sign an extension and is reportedly keen on the idea of coming to the Premier League.

The Independent says the Ghana international will cost around £45m [€50m] due to a clause in his contract and Atletico are unlikely to sell for anything less as they’re reluctant to let him go.

Arsenal will need to offload some players to raise that kind of money and Matteo Guendouzi, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Lucas Torreira and Alexandre Lacazette have all been linked with moves away from north London.

If we can sell those four players for good money then we’ll have plenty of funds to pull off a £72m double swoop for Gabriel and Partey, plus have some left over to further strengthen the squad with.

It sounds like it’s going to be a busy few weeks ahead at Arsenal. Let’s hope we can get our business done quickly so Arteta is happy with his squad ahead of the new season.


  1. Alusine Collier

    August 11, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    Please arsenal go for Zara he is so good in the flank and can dribble pass two to three players at a time

    • Martin

      August 12, 2020 at 1:05 am

      Do you mean the overrated, inconsistent, overpriced diving cheat Zaha? No thank you. Pepe is a class above him


    August 12, 2020 at 3:16 am

    please let kreonke give arteta money for the serious transfer business we tired of rummers n speculations everyday.

    • Eddie

      August 12, 2020 at 8:51 pm

      Arsenal should buy players not only news

  3. Noah Barasa

    August 12, 2020 at 4:59 am

    Kindly pick Zaha too. He’s good.

  4. Noah Barasa

    August 12, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Consider picking Zaha as well

    • Emma chima

      August 12, 2020 at 7:38 am

      We can’t have Pepe and Saka and be going for Zaha, let’s develop the talents we have.

  5. castro

    August 12, 2020 at 7:22 am

    arsenal seems to be signing everybody.many names floated

    • Kryswill Marie Ofulue

      August 12, 2020 at 1:24 pm

      We need to release Mezut Ózil so as to free up his position, do all we can to bring in Phillipe Cautinho, not sell Ainsley Maitland-Niles but use him like the real Abou Diaby and, we are good to go.

  6. Viper

    August 12, 2020 at 8:00 am

    I will like Phillips countiho to join the squad…though I will miss Lacazeth

  7. Pablo

    August 12, 2020 at 8:38 am

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    • Sampha Bangura

      August 12, 2020 at 2:38 pm

      Well you can start with a loan if there is not enough capital

  8. Morgan

    August 12, 2020 at 10:18 am

    Arsenal is yet again becoming a joke as usual on a daily basis they will be linking to millions of players I thought it will be different but no instead it’s getting worse

  9. Sawe

    August 12, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    Keeping together play like William, Phillip c and zaha

  10. Sawe

    August 12, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    up of 2020
    1, lerno

  11. Magnus

    August 13, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    Please they should not sell Lucas torreira and lacazete, it will be a very big mistake.

  12. Omoding vigilio

    August 18, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    please Arsenal should philippe,party and magal not all the time gossiping,i wish iam there i would use my own money to buy players,kronke is too hard with money!!

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