Arsenal will sign Lille defender Gabriel because Napoli cannot move for him unless Kalidou Koulibaly is sold first.

Arsenal will sign Lille defender Gabriel because Napoli cannot move for him unless Kalidou Koulibaly is sold first.

The Brazilian is available for €28m and Lille President Gerard Lopez confirmed this week he will be leaving, although the destination has not yet been chosen.

That is because Arsenal have matched Napoli’s offer, with the same personal terms too, so the decision is up to the centre-back.


Sky Sport Italia are reporting this evening that Gabriel will accept the Arsenal offer.

That is partly because Napoli see him as a replacement for Koulibaly, so won’t make the move until he has been sold.

The Senegal international is targeted by Manchester City, but the bid is at most €65m, nowhere near the €80m asking price.

With the situation as it is, Koulibaly is increasingly likely to remain at the Stadio San Paolo.

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