Positive Gabriel Magalhaes to Arsenal transfer update provided by Gunners boss Mikel Arteta

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has offered an update on the club’s move for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes, admitting he is “pretty positive” they can get the deal over the line.

The Brazilian has agreed a five-year deal with Arsenal and the Gunners will fork out £27m to prise him away from Lille.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of the Community Shield clash with Liverpool, Arteta said: “Regarding Gabriel, we cannot announce anything yet, the deal is not finalised – you all know he is a player that we have followed for a long time and hopefully we can get it done.

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“Well, everything is okay when both parties sign, and the player agrees the terms and he goes through the medical – sometimes that, in the final stages, is not as easy as it looks. But we are pretty positive that we can do it.

“Again, when we get it I will be very pleased. He’s a player that we’ve followed and we’re very determined that it was the right profile for us to improve our squad.

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Magalhaes is nearing a £27m switch to the Emirates
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