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Napoli made a larger financial offer to sign Gabriel Magalhaes at the last minute and tried to stall his medical to prevent his move to Arsenal.
Speaking in The Transfer Window podcast on Tuesday, Duncan Castles claimed Napoli came back with late increased offer for Gabriel Magalhaes of €32m last week, in a last-ditch attempt to prevent his move to Arsenal.
The Serie A club also reportedly tried to stall Gabriel’s medical, so they could complete the deal. Unfortunately for them, Lille let the player finalise his transfer to North London anyway.
Essentially, Arsenal technical director Edu and head coach Mikel Arteta had done such a good job in convincing the player to choose the Gunners that it was too late to change his mind by then.
Both clubs were offering the same wages, but the Arsenal project was evidently more appealing. Gabriel also apparently ignored a more lucrative offer in regards to personal terms from Manchester United.
At some point, Napoli need to stop trying to compete with us for transfers.
Bernd Leno, Lucas Torreira, Nicolas Pepe and Kieran Tierney all reportedly had the choice between Arsenal and the Serie A side, but they all chose the Premier League option.
As soon as Arsenal get around to their official announcement, we can add this one to the list.