What Gabriel Magalhaes will bring to Chelsea as international teammate criticises Olivier Giroud

You would be forgiven for thinking that it would be quiet in terms of football talk as the suspension of the Premier League and other leagues around Europe continue.

Fixtures are not due to start again until at least April 30, although that is likely to be extended, with a possibility of games being played behind closed doors during the summer months.

But despite the lack of action on the pitch, there is still plenty to talk about outside of the field of play.

Having said that, here is the latest news from Stamford Bridge over the last 24 hours.

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What are Chelsea getting in Gabriel Magalhaes?

According to Eurosport journalist Manu Lonjon, Chelsea are close to nipping ahead of Everton to sign Lille centre-back, Gabriel Magalhaes.

The Brazilian had reportedly completed an off-site medical ahead of a potential move to Goodison Park and it was believed that he would make the summer switch to Merseyside. However, with the deal delayed because of the coronavirus, Chelsea saw an opportunity to sweep in. But what would they be getting in the 22-year-old centre-back?

As Adam Newson writes for , Gabriel is a ‘composed and commanding’ centre-back who has impressed greatly alongside Jose Fonte in the heart of the Lille defence.

At 6-foot-3, he is a rangy, dominant defender, with an excellent range of passing and patience when tackling. Left-footed, Gabriel would partner the current Chelsea centre-backs nicely and can play as a part of a back three also. Chelsea might have a bargain.

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