Arsenal have have moved ahead of Manchester United and Everton in the race to sign Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes, according to reports.

Mikel Arteta is on the hunt for defensive additions this summer and has already added William Saliba to his ranks as the young centre-back has been recalled from his loan spell at Saint-Etienne.

Saliba, 19, has dazzled on loan for St. Etienne this season but Arteta is scouring the market for at least one more defensive addition this summer.

Gabriel has impressed with Ligue 1 side Lille this season and has attracted interest from around Europe, with United, Everton and Napoli all linked with a move for the 22-year-old.

The report states that Napoli were considering a bid for the defender but have cooled their following their £73million capture of Victor Osimhen from Lille.