How Arsenal settled Lille for Gabriel Magalhaes


English Premier League outfit Arsenal secured the signature of French Ligue 1 outfit Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes earlier in the summer transfer window but it has now been revealed that the Gunners did not have to pay all that was agreed immediately.

A sum of £25 million was reportedly agreed as a fee for the Brazilian international defender but it has been revealed that the North London outfit paid an initial £5 million as at the time the deal was sealed.

The Gunners will then spread the remaining payment across the next three years, according to reports and that is largely traced to the fact that Arsenal cannot boast of funds to seal their deals.

Gabriel Magalhaes became a major part of the Arsenal team as he went straight into the first-eleven and has proven to be one with big quality.

The former Lille defender has been receiving accolades from pundits and manager Mikel Arteta. He has also been named as the club’s player of the month of September.

Meanwhile, Gabriel Magalhaes is expected to get his share of the Premier League experience when he meets more of the top shots, especially with the game against Man City to test his ability again.


Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.