Edu can unlock £15m windfall to fuel Mikel Arteta transfer overhaul as Juventus eye raid on Arsenal

Juventus could be set to deliver a blow to Mikel Arteta in the next transfer window, according to reports. Italian outlet Calciomercato report that Gabriel Magalhaes has emerged as a prime target ahead of the summer for Massimiliano Allegri’s side.

The 24-year-old has featured 34 times for Arsenal in the Premier League this season, guiding the Gunners within touching distance of Champions League qualification. Gabriel, who sees his current contract at the Emirates Stadium expire in 2025, has impressed since joining from Lille for £27million and attracting interest from the Old Lady.

He quickly became a mainstay in Arteta’s backline, forging a promising bond with his centre-half partner Ben White. Although that link could be intercepted by the Italian giants, who are reportedly keen to sign the Brazil international as a replacement for departing Giorgio Chiellini.

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Earlier this week, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport newspapers reported that Juventus sporting director Federico Cherubini has traveled to London for talks with Arsenal over a deal for the defender. The Gunners are believed to be asking for at least €50m (around £42m) for Gabriel, clearing a profit of £15m.

However, earlier this week Arteta spoke about the importance of recruiting Arsenal this summer with European football on the cards. Thus, giving up Gabriel’s services would prove a bigger uphill battle.

Asked if he expected another busy summer in terms of player recruitment, the Gunners boss replied: “I expect that, yes. I think both competitions [the Champions League and Europa League] require a much larger team because the number of games you play is much larger in both of them, so I don’t think [which you qualify for] makes a big difference or changes a lot.

“If you can afford it financially and we don’t have to do the squad turnover that we had to do, if you ask me what I want is 22 outfield players and three goalkeepers.

“You have to come a long way in the aspects you see on the pitch, there are a lot of things that need to be put in place, and that takes time.”

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