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Arsenal failed with ‘firm offer’ to sign Gabriel before Pablo Mari deal

Lille turned down Arsenal’s offers for Gabriel this January (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal were reportedly unsuccessful with a move to sign Lille star Gabriel Magalhaes this January.

Mikel Arteta was determined to strengthen his options in central defence after Calum Chambers was ruled out for the remainder of the season with a serious knee injury.

The likes of Nathan Ake, Jerome Boateng and John Stones were all heavily linked before the north London club secured a temporary move for Flamengo’s Pablo Mari in the final week of the window.

Southampton right-back Cedric Soares followed Mari through the doors at Arsenal on deadline day and the Portuguese put pen to paper on a six-month loan deal with the Gunners.

Both Arsenal and Everton made bids for Gabriel (Picture: Getty)

According to Le 10 Sport, Lille centre-back Gabriel was another serious target this winter. The report claims that both Arsenal and Everton submitted ‘firm offers’ over ‘many days’ for the 22-year-old.

However, all proposals were swiftly rejected as they did not match up with Lille’s valuation of the Brazilian.

Gabriel has since extended his contract with Lille until 2023, but both Premier…