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Napoli in talks for Matviyenko as Arsenal close on Gabriel

Napoli are turning their attention to Shakhtar Donetsk centre-back Mykola Matviyenko with number one target Gabriel Magalhaes close to joining Arsenal.

The Italian side are almost certain to lose Kalidou Koulibaly to Manchester City and had Gabriel lined up to replace him.

However, multiple sources now state the Lille defender is set for Arsenal unless Manchester United raise their offer.

According to Alfredo Pedulla, Napoli have already entered negotiations with Shakhtar for 24-year-old Matviyenko.

The Ukraine international is a product of Shakhtar’s youth system and has made 79 appearances for their first team.

Matviyenko, who very close to joining Arsenal in January, is also wanted by Leeds United.

Napoli like Matviyenko particularly as he can also play as a left-back, giving them more tactical options.

Rino Gattuso has a budget for two new defenders this summer, with Arsenal’s Sokratis Papastathopoulos also on their list.

Should Gabriel join Arsenal as is now expected, 32-year-old Sokratis will be made available for transfer.

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