Lille confirm Man Utd and Arsenal transfer target Gabriel Magalhaes has 'exit pass' and 'will choose new club this week'

MANCHESTER UNITED and Arsenal target Gabriel Magalhaes has been given "an exit pass" by Lille, according to reports.

The Brazilian's performances in France have drawn admiring glances from around Europe, with Everton and Napoli also having been linked.

Gabriel, 22, is expected to leave Lille in the coming weeks, with the Ligue 1 club's owner Gerard Lopez admitting as much.

He told L'Equipe: "With Gabriel, we are talking and we’ve given him an exit pass. He will choose his club this week.”

And according to the Express, that club could be Man United, as boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seeks out new defensive reinforcements.

The Norwegian is believed to be hunting a new regular partner for £80million skipper Harry Maguire.

And £30m-rated Gabriel appears to fit the bill.

The 6ft 3in defender made 34 appearances in the curtailed French 2019-20 season – including every minute of his side's Champions League campaign.

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Speaking after the Red Devils clinched third-place yesterday, former captain Roy Keane told Sky Sports that they could do with a new centre-back.

He said: "I think they need another centre-half. You want options all over the park. They probably need another striker.

"It's about getting quality players but the right characters. You talk about Fernandes, he comes across as a pro, a really nice person."

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