Arsenal and Everton ‘tabled offers for Gabriel Magalhaes in January but did not match Lille’s valuation of defender’
- Arsenal and Everton were on the hunt for a centre back to bolster their options
- Both Premier League clubs targeted Lille’s Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes
- But both sides failed to meet Lille’s valuation of the 22-year-old centre-back
- They are set to monitor his progress throughout the remainder of the season
Arsenal and Everton reportedly had offers rejected for Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes in the January transfer window.
Both Premier League clubs have looked frail defensively so far this season and were looking to bolster their backline to get back on track in the English top flight.
And according to Le10 Sport, the Gunners and the Toffees tabled concrete bids for the Brazilian defender during the winter market but their offers failed to meet Lille’s valuation.
Gabriel Magalhaes (left) was the subject of heavy interest from Arsenal and Everton in January
It has been a breakthrough season for Gabriel, who has made 18 starts in Ligue 1 for Lille and a further six in the Champions League.
Following Arsenal and Everton’s pursuit of Gabriel, Lille have since locked him down to a new contract until 2023.
However, the report also claims they may have to let their defender leave if an acceptable offer comes in for him in the summer window.
Both Arsenal and Everton are expected to follow Gabriel closely throughout the remainder of the season.
Arsenal eventually signed centre-back Pablo Mari on an initial six-month loan deal from Flamengo in January and he will join permanently in the summer.
Meanwhile, Everton failed to make a signing during Carlo Ancelotti’s first transfer window in charge.
The Brazilian centre back has made 18 starts in Ligue 1 and six in the Champions League