Arsenal could try again to sign Lille defender this Summer

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Arsenal could reportedly try again to seal the move of Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes in the summer after trying a January move for him.

According to the Sun, the Gunners are monitoring the highly-rated 22-year-old centre-back, having enquired about him in the January, only to find Lille not willing to let him go.

Still, the report adds that Gabriel Magalhaes could have an asking price of around £30million this summer, which looks a decent fee to pay for a skilled young defender who seems to have a big future in the game.

Arsenal badly need long-term replacements for ageing and unconvincing duo Sokratis Papastathopoulos and David Luiz, and Gabriel Magalhaes could be just the man for the job.

Arsenal will also welcome French starlet William Saliba into their first-team after loaning him back to Saint-Etienne for the duration of this campaign, and the pair could end up forging quite a partnership.

Mikel Arteta inherited a struggling squad from his predecessor Unai Emery, so it should certainly be a busy summer for him at the Emirates Stadium if he’s given the resources to undergo the significant revamp he needs.