• Club believe Brazilian defender will sign despite Napoli interest
  • Coach Ljungberg leaves to pursue management role

Arsenal are increasingly confident that they have beaten Napoli to the signing of Gabriel Magalhães, the coveted Lille centre-back, and feel optimistic of completing a deal quickly.

The 22-year-old has been the subject of intense interest in recent weeks after an excellent season in Ligue 1, with Manchester City and Manchester United also among those watching developments. But Arsenal and Napoli emerged as frontrunners last week, with the Premier League side having a €24m (£21.6m) bid accepted and waiting to see whether the Brazil under-20 international would warm to their interest.

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