Arsenal reinforced their defence additional forward of the brand new Premier League season by means of signing middle again Gabriel from French membership Lille on Tuesday. The 22-year-old Brazilian joined on a “long-term contract,” Arsenal mentioned, for a reported price of 30 million euros (USD 35 million).
“He is a player we have been studying for a while and he was in demand from many clubs, so we are proud to have agreed and completed this transfer,” Arsenal technical director Edu mentioned.
Composed at the ball and funky underneath force, the Sao Paulo-born Gabriel is considered probably the most extremely rated younger defenders in Europe. He helped Lille to a fourth-place end within the French league final season and began all six in their Champions League group-stage fits.
Arsenal has already signed proper again Cedric Soares and middle again Pablo Mari on everlasting offers after mortgage spells final season. Another middle again, William Saliba, related up with Arsenal within the offseason having signed from Saint-Etienne in January sooner than returning to the French membership on mortgage.
“He has many qualities which will make us stronger as a defensive unit and as a team,” Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta mentioned. “He has proved with Lille that he is a defender with many outstanding attributes and we are looking forward to watching him grow as an Arsenal player.”