Arsenal to announce Gabriel Magalhaes transfer after defender signs five-year contract

Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes is heading to Arsenal (Getty Images)

Arsenal are set to announce the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes this week after the Lille defender signed a five-year contract, according to reports.

The Gunners have already completed a deal to sign Willian on a free transfer from Chelsea this summer but Mikel Arteta is keen to strengthen his squad even more ahead of the new season.

Gabriel had attracted interest from several clubs including Manchester United and Napoli but Arsenal won the race and have agreed a €30 million (£27m) deal with Lille.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Gabriel has now completed his medical with Arsenal and has put pen to paper on a five-year deal.

Arsenal are now planning to officially announce their new signing before the end of the week.

Gabriel is expected to form a new-look partnership alongside William Saliba at the heart of Arsenal’s defence.

Gabriel has impressed Arsenal scouts with his performances for Lille (Getty Images)

After spending last season on loan at Saint-Etienne, Saliba is now training with Arsenal and delivered a solid performance in a pre-season friendly against MK Dons on Tuesday.