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Gabriel Magalhaes to Chelsea: £31m transfer fee, Lille’s stance, what the defender has said

There is still uncertainty over how the transfer window will work this season, given the strong possibility of the 2019/20 season running well into the summer.

However, that doesn’t stop clubs putting in the work behind the scenes in order to line up targets for when the window does open.

Chelsea have already made one early signing with Hakim Ziyech joining from Dutch club Ajax, and Frank Lampard looks to be closing in on his second signing as Chelsea boss.

Gabriel Magalhaes is reportedly close to a move to Stamford Bridge, but what is the latest on the defender’s future?

Take a look below to find out.

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Who is he?

Magalhaes is a 22-year-old centre-back who currently plays for Ligue 1 side Lille. He has spent time on loan at both Ligue 2 team Troyes and Dinamo Zagreb II.

But has broken into the first-team fold at the French side over the last two seasons and has made 34 in all competitions in 2019/20, scoring one goal.

The Brazilian is yet to earn an international cap, but was due to make his debut for the Olympic team before the coronavirus put a stop to fixtures.

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What the player has said

Speaking back in February, the player was open about his desire to move to the Premier League.

At the time, Arsenal were the club said to be interested in his services, but talking to Telefoot, the player didn’t give much away on a possible move to the Emirates Stadium.

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