Real Madrid have joined the race to sign the Chelsea and Arsenal defense target this summer in case they fail on their primary option
Chelsea and Arsenal are desperate to bolster their defense in the summer transfer window. Both the London clubs are going through a transition phase. Also, respective managers, Lampard and Arteta will rebuild their squad for the next season.
The Blues boss has a young and talented squad in his hands to nurture. However, he is not shy to bring in new names to consolidate his squad. The summer transfer window will prove crucial for both Chelsea and Arsenal.
Arsenal gaffer Mikel Arteta is looking to fix his side’s inconsistent defense. Also, they may seal a transfer in the attacking front but defense remains a top priority.
The London sides are up against to sign Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes. Chelsea is keeping close tabs on the young Brazilian because the gunners look to land Umtiti. However, Arsenal did try to sign the young defender last year, in a transfer battle with Everton.
Gabriel almost completed his transfer to the Merseyside side in the last summer window. He even had his medical done with the Premier League side but the deal fell out. The 22-year-old may secure his much-anticipated move to the English top tier with Chelsea.
As it seems the signing will not take place easily, with the Spanish giants also in for the versatile defender. Diario AS confirms the incoming interest from Real Madrid in the pursuit of Gabriel.
Chelsea bag an upper hand in transfer battle with Real for Gabriel
Gabriel has been a potential transfer target for top clubs in Europe. His 64 percent win in aerial duels shows his defensive qualities in air. Also he is a versatile player and can defend through the center and flanks. The 22-year-old is athletic and flexible enough to fit into top tier football.
Real Madrid has added Gabriel Magalhaes to their shortlist as a secondary option. The Spanish Giants would go in for the defender only if they fail to sign Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano. Upamecano is still Zidane’s first preference in contrast to under-performing Militao and aging Ramos.
So, it is not a matter of concern with the subsequent interest from Real Madrid. Moreover, Chelsea already possesses an upper hand in the transfer deal. Their summer target aspires to the current Blues manager. During an interview, Gabriel recalled watching Frank Lampard on a small screen as a kid. He admires Lampard and loves the idea to play under in one day.
The defender is aware of his suitors and demand in the transfer market. It is quite that he may leave his Ligue1 side. His urge to play with a team that competes for major trophies will lead him to the London outfit.
However, Gabriel has decided to focus solely on his Lille career and grab a Champions qualification for now. The player is yet to decide his future with a £30.5m valuation from the parent club.