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Lille reject Everton bid for Gabriel and wait for Napoli

Lille have turned down a €20m bid from Everton for defender Gabriel Magalhaes and have given Napoli priority, Gianluca Di Marzio reports.

The 22-year-old is one of the most sought-after defenders on the market, with Napoli, Everton, Arsenal and Manchester United all keen.

In recent days it has been reported that Arsenal lead the race – but the word from Italy is different.

Di Marzio states that Lille have a gentleman’s agreement with Napoli to sell Gabriel to them.

Napoli recently broke their club record to sign Victor Osimhen from LOSC, and the clubs enjoy good relations.

As a result, Lille side rejected Everton’s €20m offer on Wednesday for the Brazilian centre-back.

Koulibaly’s future is key

However, Gabriel’s move to Napoli hinges on the future of Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

Manchester City are in talks with Napoli for Koulibaly, 29, and have made an offer of €63m plus bonuses.

Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis, a notoriously tough negotiator, is demanding a €70m deal for Koulibaly.

And as City and Napoli haggle over a price Koulibaly, Gabriel’s future is in standby mode.

Indeed, if Napoli fail to close a deal for Gabriel soon, Lille and the player’s agent will begin to evaluate other offers.

Besides Everton, Di Marzio confirms information that Arsenal and Manchester United are interested in Gabriel.

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