Arsenal received an offer of €200million (£170m) for Gabriel Magalhaes last month
According to sources, a Saudi Arabian club made a verbal offer of €200 million (£170 million) to Arsenal last month for center-back Gabriel Magalhaes, which the Gunners immediately refused.
The Brazilian defender was a target for Saudi Arabia all summer, and the rumors intensified when he didn’t start the first three Premier League games under Mikel Arteta. However, it has now been established that the club never intended to allow Gabriel to leave this summer, not even for a strong bid of £170 million.
The Saudi Arabian club made a verbal offer to the Gunners, but they never followed it up with a written offer since Arsenal stated they had no intention of selling the 25-year-old center-back.
Inquiries about Gabriel’s availability from PSG and Real Madrid were also made to Arsenal earlier in the summer. However, Gabriel is not for sale this transfer window, at any price, as both European giants were informed.
Since then, Gabriel has been reintegrated into the Arsenal squad, which most recently pulled off a thrilling comeback victory over Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium just before the break. The defender will also play his first competitive match for Brazil against Bolivia on Friday night after being picked to the starting lineup.
Gabriel and William Saliba, a fellow center back, forged an excellent partnership last season, and even though the Brazilian didn’t start the Gunners’ first three Premier League games, he still will be a crucial member of Mikel Arteta’s team moving forward, especially with the club back in the Champions League for the first time in seven years this year.
After Granit Xhaka left the team at the start of the 2023–24 season, the Brazilian was also added to the group of leaders. After Mikel Arteta was impressed with Gabriel’s leadership abilities during the title run-in a few months ago, Gabriel has already accepted the burden of donning the captain’s armband on several occasions this season. This is yet another factor contributing to the Gunners’ intense desire to hang onto the player before the current campaign.