Arsenal’s Gabriel Magalhaes wanted by Saudi Arabian clubs?

Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes is reportedly attracting interest from clubs in the Saudi Pro League.

Saudi Arabian clubs are reportedly interested in signing Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes.

Clubs from the Saudi Pro League have been busy recruiting high-profile names from Europe during the summer transfer window.

The likes of Jordan Henderson, Roberto Firmino, N’Golo Kante, Riyad Mahrez, Karim Benzema and Sadio Mane have completed moves to the Middle East this summer.

Neymar is set to become the latest big-name player to join the league, with the Brazilian star on the verge of completing a move to Al-Hilal.

With the Saudi Arabian transfer window open until 20 September, there is still time for more big-name players to join the country’s domestic league.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta pictured in August 2023© Reuters

According to the Mirror, Arsenal centre-back Gabriel is being lined up for a big-money move by teams in the Saudi Pro League.

The Gunners are said to be aware of the interest, but they are yet to receive an official bid for the Brazilian defender.

The report suggests it is currently unclear whether Arsenal would entertain offers for Gabriel, and they would be under no pressure to sanction a sale with the player under contract until June 2027.

A potential departure could also depend on the injury status of summer signing Jurrien Timber, who is being assessed after suffering a knee injury on his debut against Nottingham Forest.

Bukayo Saka celebrates scoring for Arsenal with Gabriel Magalhaes on March 19, 2023© Reuters

Gabriel has made 120 competitive appearances for Arsenal since joining the club from Lille for £27m in the summer of 2020.

The 25-year-old formed a formidable central defensive partnership alongside William Saliba last season, helping Arsenal lay the foundations for a title charge.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta took the surprise decision to omit Gabriel from the lineup for their opening day win over Forest on Sunday.

Gabriel will hope to be included in the starting XI for Monday’s trip to Selhurst Park for a meeting with Crystal Palace.

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