Arsenal transfer roundup: Huge offer for Mesut Ozil as Gabriel Magalhaes confirmed

After playing the waiting game for much of the transfer window, Arsenal have been able to announce another signing with the arrival of Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille.

The club have been busy in Mikel Arteta’s first summer as manager, adding Willian to their ranks and making two loan deals permanent, and there’s every chance the Gabriel deal isn’t their last bit of business before transfer deadline day.

While Arsenal may yet make more signings, sales aren’t out of the question either, and we’ve also got the latest on two out-of-favour midfielders whose futures appear to lie away from the Emirates Stadium.

With less than two weeks until Arteta’s team kick off their Premier League season at Fulham, here’s the latest from around Europe on the Gunners’ preparations for the new campaign.

Gabriel’s Gunners move is official

Gabriel Magalhaes has been confirmed as an Arsenal player

After a long wait, Arsenal have finally confirmed the signing of centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes.

The defender arrives from Lille, and the Gunners announced the deal on social media with a call between Gabriel and Brazil compatriots and new team-mates David Luiz and Willian.

He will take the number six shirt, most recently worn by Laurent Koscielny in the 2018/19 season, with the club confirming he has signed a “long term” contract.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta told Arsenal’s website: “He has many qualities which will make us stronger as a defensive unit and as a team.

“He has proved with Lille that he is a defender with many outstanding attributes and we are looking forward to watching him grow as an Arsenal player.”

While Arsenal have not officially disclosed the fee paid for the 22-year-old, earlier reports placed it north of £20m.

Saudi club makes huge offer in Ozil swoop

Mesut Ozil has reportedly received an offer which may tempt him away from the Emirates

Mesut Ozil still has one year left on his Arsenal contract, but his lack of first-team involvement means he continues to be linked with an exit before the current transfer window comes to a close.

The German has not played a first-team minute since March, when he started in the victory over West Ham United, and wasn’t included in the match-day squad for last weekend’s Community Shield.

Now, according to Turkish outlet Fanatik, via JOE, Al-Nassr have approached the 31-year-old with the offer of a big-money contract.

The deal would be worth $20m (£15m) per year, according to the report, with Al-Nassr aiming to reclaim the Saudi title after finishing second to Al-Hilal last season.

The nine-time champions, managed by former Benfica boss Rui Vitoria, currently count former Premier League players Brad Jones and Ahmed Musa among their squad.

Ball in Arsenal’s court over Torreira move

Lucas Torreira has attracted quite a bit of interest from Serie A clubs

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Lucas Torreira is one member of Arsenal’s squad who could be offloaded this summer, especially if the Gunners are able to bring Dani Ceballos back to the Emirates Stadium.

The Uruguayan has been linked with a return to Serie A, having joined from Sampdoria in 2018, with reports in Italy suggesting Fiorentina remain keen on getting a deal over the line.

According to La Nazione (via Sport Witness), Giuseppe Iachini’s side, who finished last season 10th in Serie A, are keen on a loan move with an obligation to buy.

The report suggests La Viola are waiting for a final answer from the London club, which could arrive before the end of the week.

Arsenal are understood to prefer a permanent switch for the 24-year-old, who would join international team-mate Martin Caceres in Florence if an agreement can be reached.

Torreira struggled for minutes at the end of last season after returning from injury, starting just twice after making his comeback on July 4.

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Gabriel Magalhaes: Arsenal sign Brazilian defender from Lille

Gabriel joined Lille from Brazilian side Avai in 2017

Arsenal have completed the signing of Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille for 26m euros (£23.14m).

The 22-year-old, a left-footed centre back, made 34 appearances in all competitions for Lille last season as they finished fourth in Ligue 1.

He joins the Gunners on a long-term contract.

“He is a player we have been studying for a while and he was in demand from many clubs,” said Arsenal technical director Edu.

“Gabriel is a player of high quality and Mikel (Arteta) and his coaches are looking forward to integrating him into the club.”

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said: “We welcome Gabriel to Arsenal. He has many qualities which will make us stronger as a defensive unit and as a team.

“He has proved with Lille he is a defender with many outstanding attributes and we are looking forward to watching him grow as an Arsenal player.”

Gabriel said he considered offers from a number of clubs before deciding to join Arsenal.

“It was a very surreal experience, there were offers coming from a few different clubs,” he said.

“I spoke a lot with my family and my agents, I also spoke with some of Lille’s directors but, as I said, this club’s history and traditions and the team project for the next few years were very motivational for my decision to come here.

“So here I am, wearing the Arsenal shirt – I will give my best for it.”


BBC World Service’s John Bennett

Although it took him a relatively long time to make an impact at Lille, Gabriel left a big impression on the French club after some very impressive performances over the last 18 months.

I spoke to the club’s president Gerard Lopez for a BBC World Service radio show recently and he was full of praise for the defender on and off the pitch. Lopez talked about his physical presence and his power but also his pace and his “great pass quality”. He also told me that Gabriel is close to getting a call-up to the senior Brazil national team.

Meanwhile, Kieran Tierney will enjoy playing next to him because by all accounts he’s excellent at covering behind an attacking full-back and, unlike some centre-backs, is very comfortable when he’s forced into wide areas.

It may take Gabriel a little time to adapt to the Premier League but for Lopez there were no doubts about his ability: “He’s got so much talent and physical presence that he could succeed anywhere.”

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Transfer rumours: Wijnaldum, Magalhaes, Dalot, Smalling, Brooks, Maitland-Niles

New Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman wants to bring Liverpool and Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 29, to the Nou Camp. (Algemeen Dagblad, via Express)external-link

Lille and Brazil centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes, 22, has delayed making a final decision on a move to Arsenal after a potential late bid by Manchester United. (Telegraph)external-link

Manchester United have cooled their interest in a loan deal for Juventus and Brazil winger Douglas Costa, 29, and will instead consider a move for Bournemouth and Wales winger David Brooks, 23. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

United have been told they must pay Bournemouth £40m to sign Brooks. (Sun)external-link

Paris St-Germain are monitoring Manchester United and Portugal full-back Diogo Dalot, 21. (O Jogo – in Portuguese)external-link

Manchester United centre-back Chris Smalling, 30, is keen to rejoin Roma on loan after spending last season with the Serie A side. (La Gazzetta dello Sport, via Mirror)external-link

New contract talks between United and English goalkeeper Dean Henderson, 23, are at an advanced stage. The deal will reportedly be worth more than £100,000-a-week. (Sky Sports)external-link

Liverpool are considering signing Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara with the 29-year-old Spain international available for £30m. (Independent)external-link

Watford striker Troy Deeney, 32, wants to stay with the Hornets, despite their relegation to the Championship. (Talksport)external-link

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