Man Utd’s decision to not sign Arsenal bound Gabriel Magalhaes explained

Manchester United were among a number of clubs linked with Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes but the Brazilian looks set to complete a switch to Arsenal.

The 22-year-old has reportedly agreed a five-year contract with the Gunners, who will fork out £27m to prise him away from the French club.

However, United are said to have never had any serious talks with both the player or Lille about a transfer.

Gabriel’s agent Guilherme Miranda claimed the defender was offered more money by other clubs, saying: “Arsenal was nowhere near the best proposal [money-wise].

“Gabriel chose them over more lucrative offers because Edu convinced us of the project. It’s 100 per cent because of Edu Gaspar and Arteta.”

Gabriel Magalhaes is set to cost Arsenal in the region of £27m
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According to the Manchester Evening News, those “more lucrative offers” did not come from United, with the report claiming there was never any serious interest in the player and the club believe their name was used to pressure Arsenal into agreeing a deal.

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

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The Brazilian was linked with Manchester United as well
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