Manchester United are edging closer to the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille. The Red Devils have been heavily linked with a swoop for the 22-year-old defender but face competition from three transfer rivals.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking for a new partner for Harry Maguire, despite a plethora of defensive options at his disposal. Victor Lindelof has been a regular alongside Maguire, Eric Bailly has impressed upon his return from injury while Axel Tuanzebe is highly rated.
Solskjaer, however, wants a quick, left-footed player to provide better balance. United had expressed an interest in Nathan Ake before Manchester City had a £41million bid accepted by Bournemouth so Magalhaes appears to have emerged from the pack.
Old Trafford chiefs have reportedly held talks with Magalhaes’ representatives in which they declared their interest.
And journalist Emanuele Cammaroto has now told Napoli Magazine that an offer worth €27m (£24.3m) plus €2m (£1.8m) in add-ons has been launched.
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Crucially, Cammaroto claims Lille and Magalhaes could give the deal the green light “in the next few days”.
Premier League rivals Everton, Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain and Serie A outfit Napoli are also in the hunt. The latter recently conducted a mega transfer with Lille concerning the signing of Victor Osimhen so relations between the two clubs are good. While the Toffees were looking to agree a deal at the start of March before COVID-19 drastically altered the market as football ground to a halt.
Lille appear to have paved the way for Magalhaes’ departure by confirming the signing of Sven Botman from Ajax last week.
Magalhaes has made no secret about his desire to ply his trade in English football.
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When asked earlier this season whether he could join Arsenal, he said: “Maybe, I don’t know.
“But I would love to play in the Premier League.”
Magalhaes’ price tag would make him an afford option at the back for United and leave funds in the kitty for key attacking targets such as Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish.
Old Trafford bigwig Ed Woodward previously played down the prospect of a summer spree but Champions League qualification could potentially be a game-changer.
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