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Lille president Lopez says Arsenal, Napoli target Gabriel leaving

Lille owner Gerard Lopez has confirmed defender Gabriel Magalhaes is leaving this summer.

Arsenal, Manchester United and Napoli have all been linked with the Brazilian.

Lopez told the BBC World Service: "Gabriel is young, extremely powerful, currently right now probably one of the two most dominant central defenders in the French league.

"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.

"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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