Arsenal ‘set Magalhaes price’ as Arteta could lose another transfer battle

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Arsenal have reportedly told Juventus it will cost them at least €40million (£33.8m) to sign Gabriel Magalhaes – despite the fact that the Brazilian defender has evolved into a key player for the Gunners under Mikel Arteta.

Gabriel has impressed in the Premier League since he arrived at the Emirates from Lille back in 2020, but his superb form has not gone unnoticed. Juventus have been linked with the 24-year-old all summer – and the Italian giants could be about to make their move.

According to a new report from Alfredo Pedulla, Juve have made fresh contact with the Gunners regarding Gabriel in recent days and are set on striking a deal for the centre-half.

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Juventus has identified Gabriel as the perfect replacement for Matthijs de Ligt, who is expected to leave the Allianz Arena this summer after snubbing a new deal.

However, the report claims that Juve are 'confident' that they can haggle down the £33.8m fee that the Gunners have apparently quoted them for a player who racked up 35 top-flight appearances last term – even though they could rake in a fortune by cashing in on De Ligt.

Juventus could land as much as £76.2m, including bonuses, if the former Ajax man departs this summer, but the Italian giants are hopeful that they can spend less than half of that on Gabriel to accommodate another new signing.

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Losing Gabriel would be a major blow for Arteta after the combative centre-half struck up an instant understanding with £50m new boy Ben White at the heart of the Gunners' defence last term. Arteta has already missed out on Bologna right-back Aaron Hickey, and seen fellow targets Raphinha and Raheem Sterling edge closer to Barcelona and Chelsea respectively.

William Saliba is set to come back into the fold in north London after his impressive loan stint at Marseille last term – but the Frenchman would more than likely still be behind Gabriel in the Gunners pecking order.

It remains to be seen if Arsenal really could cash in on Gabriel this summer, given that he still has three years left to run on his current deal. However, the defender could be lured away by the promise of Champions League football; something the Gunners cannot offer him.


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