Gabriel Magalhaes: The £25m ‘machine’ that wowed scouts at Arsenal

Gabriel Magalhaes: The £25m 'machine' that wowed scouts at ArsenalGabriel Magalhaes: The £25m ‘machine’ that wowed scouts at Arsenal

The Gunners are set to announce Lille ‘s arrival of the Brazilian defender as Mikel Arteta further helps his squad before the new campaign
Although Arsenal fans are eagerly waiting to hear confirmation that Gabriel Magalhaes has completed his move to north London, there will be some with close links to the Emirates Stadium who will have very mixed emotions about the deal.

This move has been long in the making for the Lille defender, which will cost the Gunners about £ 25 million ($33 m).

A new , young centre-back has always been one of the priorities for Arsenal this summer and lots of work has been put into securing what the club believe is the best one out there.

The work was done by a large number of scouts who were told, just a few weeks ago, that they were no longer required by the technical director of Arsenal, Edu, after a study of the club ‘s recruitment network by the Brazilian.

Current recruitment director Francis Cagigao, senior scout Brian McDermott and Ty Gooden, who led the recruiting activities of Arsenal in France, were all key to ensuring that Gabriel was the center-back that Raul Sanllehi, who also left the club now, concentrated on.

There were others that Arsenal looked at, including Axel Disasi, who eventually joined Monaco from Reims, and freelance agent Malang Sarr, but Gabriel was the name at the top of the list of scouts that was introduced to the management when they were putting together their plans for the summer window, just as William Saliba was the previous year.

Both center-backs now look set to go on and form a partnership that could be the core of Arsenal’s defense for years to come, but those who put countless hours of time and preparation to find them will not be in the club to see it, as their contracts have now been confirmed will not be renewed.

Gabriel ‘s arrival would be at least some consolation to those scouts that it was worth the effort they put in, with the 22-year-old now putting the final touches on his transfer to the Gunners.
The Brazil Under-20 International was early identified as a potential signing, with the recruitment team searching for a young center-back that could join Saliba and work.

Naturally left footed, Gabriel has already been seen as a defender with enormous potential and one who has the qualities that could make him a Premier League star.



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