Arsenal are pushing to agree a deal for Lille centre-back Gabriel Maghalhaes, as the Gunners step up their summer transfer plans.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is desperate to strengthen his backline ahead of his first full season in north London, and Gabriel has been identified as the ideal signing.

football.londonunderstands talks have been ongoing for weeks between the two clubs, although the player is yet to indicate a firm decision on his next destination, with Serie A side Napoli also keen. 

The 22-year-old was left out of the Lille squad for their pre-season friendly against AZ Alkmaar at the weekend, prompting further talk that he could indeed be on his way to the Emirates Stadium in the coming weeks.

His father also appeared to drop a hint on social media, after liking a Instagram post that reported that a deal was close.

Speaking to Sky Sports over the weekend, Lille president Gerard Lopez confirmed that the Ligue 1 club are ready to let the centre-back leave this summer.