Arsenal in last-gasp Gabriel transfer fight as Napoli swoop in late for Lille defender and offer huge salary

ARSENAL target Gabriel Magalhaes has a huge decision to make with Napoli reportedly increasing their salary offer to the Lille defender.

Both the Gunners and the Serie A side are said to have agreed deals for the left-footed centre-back – believed to be in the region of £22million.

Everton are also understood to have had a bid accepted, but it remains unlikely he sees his future at Goodison Park.

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Manchester United have also been credited with an interest in the Brazilian, but have pulled out of the running to sign him.

It had been claimed that the North Londoners were in pole position to sign the 22-year-old with the player favouring a switch to the Emirates.

But according to Sky Sports, Gabriel is now seriously considering Napoli's last-gasp wage increase.

Described as a 'big salary deal', Napoli are pulling out all the stops in their quest to not lose another target of theirs to Arsenal.

In recent years, the likes of Nicolas Pepe, Lucas Torreira, Kieran Tierney and Bernd Leno have all opted to join Arsenal instead of the Italian outfit.

And Sky have stated it could be deja vu again for Napoli with Mikel Arteta's side said to remain favourites to nab Gabriel.

It is understood that the former Dinamo Zagreb loanee will make a decision on his future this week.

Commenting on whether the decision is his to make, Lille president Gerard Lopez said the player has the final say.

He said: "We clearly told him what our expectations were, we spoke to a number of clubs, our expectations were met by a number of clubs and we have given him the time to decide.

"It is going to be entirely his decision. We tend to try and steer our players in certain directions, but at the end of the day it's the player's decision."

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