Official: Chelsea transfer target joins Arsenal

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Premier League rivals Arsenal have finally confirmed the £27million signing of Brazilian Gabriel Magalhaes.

The Brazilian was heavily linked with a Chelsea transfer, with reports even suggesting Lille had accepted a Chelsea bid for the defender.

The likes of Napoli and Manchester United were also interested in signing the defender.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard opted to sign former Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva because he wanted to add experience to a young defence.

Lampard said: “We have a relatively young squad, we saw that last year, there were games afterwards when I was probably asking for more voice and some more leadership in different ways and he brings that naturally straightaway, and also on the pitch he can help talk and be the player that he is which means affecting others. On those levels I hope he brings that.

“I am pretty sure he will with the qualities we know he has, so I am excited for when he joins up.”

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