Cape Town - Arsenal are expected to make another
approach to sign Lille defender Gabriel at the end of the season, while
Chelsea pursue goalkeeper Mike Maignan.
The English Premier League side were tracking the 22-year-old during
the January window but were unable to complete a transfer after Lille
refused to cash in.
Reports say Lille rejected at least one offer from the Gunners, who
failed to meet the valuation, while fellow Premier League side Everton
also saw a bid knocked back.
That will not be the end of the matter and Arsenal, who are keen to
bolster their defensive options, will test Lille's resolve once again,
and may even match the asking price to try and get a deal over the line.
It is also claimed Lille have tied the player down to a new deal
stretching until 2023, which will put them in a strong position
regarding any future transfer fee. They will be under no pressure to
sell and can demand big money before agreeing to a transfer.
Gabriel is not the only Lille player wanted in England either as reports claim Chelsea are tracking goalkeeper Mike Maignan.
The 24-year-old is highly rated by Lille and, following some fine
performances in Ligue 1, he has caught the eye of the Blues, who are
looking to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Lille paid Paris Saint-Germain just £1 million for the goalkeeper back
in 2015 and will make a huge profit if they decide to cash in during
- TeamTalk Media