Saturday August 15 2020
Lille: 'Gabriel is leaving'

Lille President Gerard Lopez confirms defender Gabriel ‘is leaving’ and just needs to choose, reportedly between Napoli, Arsenal, Everton and Manchester United.

The 22-year-old centre-back is hot property on the transfer market and Tuttosport continue to insist a deal has already been done with Napoli worth €25m.

It cannot be finalised until either Kalidou Koulibaly or Arkadiusz Milik are sold to raise funds.

“Gabriel is young, extremely powerful, currently right now probably one of the two most dominant central defenders in the French league,” President Lopez told BBC Sport.

“The way we work is very simple. We explain to him and his environment, his agent, what we are looking for, and once we get those offers the choice is his, like we did with Nico [Pepe] and Victor [Oshimen].

“We are there now, so we told him: 'Eventually you have to make a decision but we're not pressing you.' I think he will make it this week, or next week at the latest. He is leaving, we've given the OK for that.”

Although the Italian papers are adamant a deal is done with Napoli, there is also interest for Gabriel from Arsenal, Everton and Manchester United.

“There's a lot of competition. He's a young player so he's got to make sure he makes the right decision. We help him out a little bit so we tell him: 'We think this might be the right manager or club for you.'

“He's got so much talent, he will succeed wherever he goes.”

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