first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 5 Feb 2020 12:18 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kShares Comment Advertisementcenter_img Gabriel ha been impressive for Lille this season (Picture: NurPhoto via Getty Images)Arsenal will have to fork out around £30m for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes if they want to sign him in the summer.The Gunners were interested in signing the central defender during the January transfer window, making ‘firm offers’ for him as Mikel Arteta looked to strengthen his shaky defence.The moves were unsuccessful, but Arsenal maintain an interest in the 22-year-old Brazilian and may return with a bid in the summer.However, he will not come cheap as the Sun report that Lille are looking for around £30m for one of their hottest prospects.ADVERTISEMENTGabriel cost Lille just £1.5m three years ago when he arrived in France from Avai in Brazil, but his current club are confident they can receive a huge fee for him after Arsenal signed William Saliba for £27m from Saint Etienne last summer.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Ligue 1 side have also proved to be stern negotiators after they managed to secure £72m from Arsenal for Nicolas Pepe over the summer.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityGabriel is an imposing central defender, standing at 6’3″ and has become a regular in the Lille starting XI over the last year.He signed for the French side from his home country in 2016, but has also spent time on loan at Troyes and then Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia.His performances this season have caught the eye, not only of Arsenal, but also of Everton who have shown an interest in signing him as well.The Gunners did bring in two new defensive signings in January as Pablo Mari arrived on loan from Flamengo and Cedric Soares signed arrived on a six-month deal from Southampton.Arteta is still struggling with injuries at the back, though, with Calum Chambers out of the season, while Kieran Tierney, Sead Kolasinac and new signing Cedric all sidelined.MORE: Barcelona confirm transfer interest in Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick AubameyangMORE: Arsenal plot early transfer move for Feyenoord star Orkun Kokcu Lille will demand £30m for Arsenal transfer target Gabriel Magalhaeslast_img read more