Barcelona keen on Arsenal centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes

The defensive department of the Barcelona squad needs quality additions this summer.

According to multiple reports emanating from England, Barcelona are keen on Arsenal centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes.

The Brazil international joined Arsenal from Lille for a fee in the region of 26 million euros in September 2020. His contract expires in the summer of 2025.

The centre-back has featured in 31 matches this term, netting three goals in all competitions.

Gabriel Magalhaes
Gabriel Magalhaes

He is considered to be one of the best centre-backs in Brazil. Magalhaes has represented Brazil at Under-20 and Under-23 level, winning seven caps.

His performances have seen him become the target of many European clubs including Barcelona.

The Spanish giants are looking to sign a centre-back and have identified the 24-year-old as potential transfer target.

The report claims that Barcelona manager has extensively scouted Magalhaes and is considering a move for the centre-back.

Barcelona are desperate to make an impact in the summer transfer window.


The former Lille man heavily relies on his ability to read the game. It is coupled with his sensible tackling and an excellent sense of positioning, allowing him to repel most of the danger in the defensive third. He has the quality and the experience to make an immediate impact.

According to the report, “Arsenal face a battle to keep hold of Gabriel Magalhaes this summer. The Brazil international is in his second season with the Gunners and has established himself as a first-choice. Sport says Barcelona are keen and preparing a swap bid for Gabriel. The Catalans are in the market for a new centre-half and are turning to Gabriel. Barca hope to bring Arsenal to the negotiating table by offering players in their proposal, including goalkeeper Neto, striker Memphis Depay and midfielder Riqui Puig.”

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Barcelona will have to present a really enticing offer to bring Arsenal to the negotiating table. They have the resources to tempt them but it will be interesting to see if they are willing to overpay for the player.

The Gunners would be wise to keep the Brazil international, but if they do let him go expect it to be for a hefty sum.

Good signing for Barcelona?

Barcelona must improve their defensive options and the signing of Magalhaes would be a step in the right direction.

A centre-back of Gabriel Magalhaes’s ceiling will be a massive addition to Barcelona squad as he will not only improve the overall quality of Xavi’s starting XI but also add some stability and variety to his defensive department.

Barcelona fans would certainly love to see him arrive at the club.

It will be interesting to see what happens when Barcelona come calling for Magalhaes this summer.

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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.

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