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Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Lille centre back Gabriel dos Santos Magalhães on 5-year contract. The North-London club beat of competition from Everton, Napoli, Manchester United and PSG to the signature of the Brazilian.

The transfer fee paid to Lille is said to be around €30M to Lille (add ons included). The centre back was in London last week Monday and completed his medical successfully.

Gabriel becomes the second player to cross the channel to Arsenal after Nicolas Pepe joined for a club record fee last summer.

Arsenal fans are buoyant about the prospect of Gabriel playing with another recruit from the French League in William Saliba. They bombarded him with messages to convince him to join and even tracked his plane from France to England

Gabriel will wear the number 6 shirt.

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