Juventus convinced they can land Arsenal star for ‘around £26m’ with De Ligt wanted by Chelsea

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Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes gives instructions to his team-mates Credit: PA Images
Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes gives instructions to his team-mates Credit: PA Images

Juventus are interested in bringing Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes to Serie A this summer, according to reports in Italy.

The centre-back was a regular in Mikel Arteta’s side last season and was one of their most consistent performers, scoring five Premier League goals in the process.

Despite the return of William Saliba from a loan deal at Marseille, and the potential addition of another centre-back in the form of Lisandro Martinez, it seems unlikely that the Gunners would be open to selling Gabriel this summer.

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However, Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport (via Sport Witness) reckons Juventus are interested as they look to scour the ‘foreign market’ for replacements for De Ligt, who could leave the club this summer.

A report earlier this week claimed that Chelsea’s negotiations with Juventus are ‘progressing’ over a deal for De Ligt with the Serie A giants lowering ‘their demands in recent days’.

The Blues are keen to get a couple of centre-backs into the club after losing Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen on free transfers this summer.

It is understood that Juventus have been asking for De Ligt’s £102m release clause to be triggered to do a deal, while Chelsea have apparently attempted to include players as part of a deal.

And with Juventus looking to line up a replacement. Gazzetta Dello Sport insist that the Old Lady find Gabriel’s profile ‘convincing’ and reckon they could get a deal done with Arsenal for ‘around €30m (£26m)’.

After looking around Europe, it is understood that Gabriel is ‘one of the most interesting targets’ for Juventus at the moment.

Arsenal are looking to strengthen their depth at centre-back with Martinez – who is also being tracked by Manchester United – a possible addition.

And former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell thinks having Martinez would be like signing “four players rolled into one”.

Campbell told Football Insider: “Martinez can play centre-back, left centre-back in a three, left-back and in holding midfield.

“That is four players rolled into one and he can play each position as well as the other. He is also a left-footer which makes a massive difference. He is good on the ball, an Argentina international with a great nickname – ‘The Butcher’. It sounds just about right.

“He is the type of character Arsenal need in their ranks. If you think about it, £35million is not a lot of money when you consider that he is an Argentina international.

“He will be a good addition if they can get this deal done.”

 

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