Gabriel names key to Arsenal transfer; reveals ‘dream’ teammate

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Gabriel names key to Arsenal transfer; reveals ‘dream’ teammate

Arsenal necomer Gabriel Magalhaes has explained the key factor in his transfer from Lille to the Emirates.

The 22-year-old centre-back has signed a long-term contract for a fee understood to be in the region of £22m.

Gabriel joins fellow Brazilians David Luiz and Willian in north London.


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Napoli and Manchester United were also interested in the player, according to the Corriere dello Sport.

But speaking with Arsenal’s official site, Gabriel explained that speaking with Edu and Arteta convinced him to move to London.

“[Edu and I] had several chats about Arsenal and the new project, we had many good conversations,” said Gabriel.

“As the days went by I was getting very excited about it, then I had a call from the coach and that was very reassuring.

“Having the coach himself calling you to say he wants you in his squad motivates you a lot. That is the very reason I am here today.

“We did not talk about [details], he just told me he is aware of my quality, my capacity and how far I can go. He also said he will be very demanding with me.

“I know he is a great coach and I will make progress with his help.”

Gabriel also revealed that Luiz was an idol of his growing up in Brazil.

“For sure David is an example, he is a player I admire very much,” Gabriel told Arsenal Digital. “I was always a big fan of him and everything he achieved.

“I watched him since I was a kid, I played video games with his character and today it is a dream come true to be here with him and hopefully play next to him soon.

“It is always good to have Brazilian players at the club to welcome me, it is very important for me. I don’t speak English very well and I will try to learn as fast as I can.

“Nicolas Pepe is also a good friend of mine, also David they messaged me and welcomed me, this is very important to me and makes me very happy. I cannot wait to meet the rest of the squad, Willian and Gabriel Martinelli too,” he added.

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Fulham join four-club race to sign former Chelsea striker

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Fulham join four-club race to sign former Chelsea striker

Fulham are one of four clubs chasing Lyon attacker Bertrand Traore, according to reports.

Traore joined Chelsea in 2013 after coming through the ranks with French side Auxerre. The forward made his debut for the Blues in 2015/16, and he made 16 appearances in all competitions during that campaign.

Despite scoring four goals in five games early into 2016, he soon fell down the pecking order. He spent the entire 2016/17 season on loan at Ajax, before joining Lyon on a permanent deal at the end of that campaign.



In his three years with the French giants, Traore has made 125 appearances in all competitions and has scored 33 goals. His best season personally was his debut year in 2017/18, as he bagged 18 goals, with 13 coming in Ligue 1.

In 2019/20, the 24-year-old scored four and grabbed five assists as Lyon finished seventh in Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals.

Now are reporting that Fulham, along with Newcastle United, Leicester City and Everton are chasing Traore’s signature.

Lyon signed the attacker for just £8.8 million from Chelsea in 2017. The Burkina Faso international still has two years remaining on his contract, so he will likely attract a fee upwards of £20 million this summer.

Fulham have already made four signings this summer. Anthony Knockaert and Harrison Reed have signed permanent deals from Brighton and Southampton respectively.

Knockaert and Reed both played key roles as Fulham returned to the Premier League via the play-off final.

They have also seen off competition from several Premier League rivals to capture Antonee Robinson from Fulham. Their fourth signing is Mario Lemina from Southampton, who joined on a season-long loan deal.

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