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.
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.