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Arsenal confirm £27m signing from Lille

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Arsenal have completed the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille for £27million.

The 22-year-old was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates over the last few weeks and has finally penned a long-term contract with the Gunners after passing a medical earlier this week.

The transfer was confirmed when the Brazilian defender appeared as a guest on Arsenal’s Youtube channel alongside fellow countrymen David Luiz. Arsenal’s Twitter handle also announced with this tweet:

The Gunners fought off interest from Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli to sign Magalhaes and becomes Mikel Arteta’s fourth summer signing.

The player’s agent, Guilherme Miranda, revealed last week how the young centre-back snubbed bigger wages elsewhere to join Arsenal:

“Arsenal was nowhere near the best proposal [money-wise].

“Gabriel chose them over more lucrative offers because Edu convinced us of the project.

“It’s 100 per cent because of Edu Gaspar and Arteta.”

His arrival will undoubtedly strengthen as well as bolster Arteta’s defensive department, with the Spaniard now having up to six centre-backs to call upon this season.

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