Real Madrid have joined the race for Chelsea defensive target Gabriel Magalhaes – but the Blues remain in pole position, according to reports.

Lille defender Gabriel has emerged as a target for Chelsea after their rivals Arsenal, along with Everton, failed with January bids to bring him to the Premier League.

Chelsea appear to be leading the race for the Brazilian centre-back, who played 24 times in Ligue 1 for Lille this season, although there is now a strong new competitor for his signature.

According to AS (via Sport Witness), Real Madrid are eyeing up a move for Gabriel as a potential third-choice behind Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane, after Eder Militao did not quite live up to expectations following a 2019 move.