Man Utd ask for Gabriel Magalhaes favour as they attempt to hijack Arsenal deal

The Gabriel Magalhaes transfer saga continues to rumble on.

Earlier this week, French outlet L'Equipe claimed the Lille defender was expected to make a final decision between Manchester United, Arsenal, Everton and Napoli before the week was out.

However, the Independent report United have now asked the player to delay his decision as they lay out their proposals to him and his representatives.

A meeting on Thursday with Magalhaes' agent has all of a sudden stopped Arsenal in their tracks, as they closed in on a deal.

The Gunners were expected to conclude a deal this week before the 11th-hour hijack attempts from Old Trafford.

The player must now decide between a move to either of the Premier League clubs, with only one being able to offer Champions League football.

While the decision remains unknown, one thing that is concrete is the fact Magalhaes certainly won't be a Lille player next season.

President Gerard Lopez told BBC World Service: "Gabriel is young, extremely powerful, currently right now probably one of the two most dominant central defenders in the French league.

"The way we work is very simple. We explain to him and his environment, his agent, what we are looking for, and once we get those offers the choice is his, like we did with Nico [Pepe] and Victor [Oshimen].

"We are there now, so we told him: 'Eventually you have to make a decision but we're not pressing you.'

"There's a lot of competition. He's a young player so he's got to make sure he makes the right decision."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a fan of the player and is desperate for a left-sided centre-back.

Addressing United's transfer situation this week, he said: "We can see improvements but, yes, we need to make one or two – or more – very good decisions.

"It’s going to be an important summer, definitely.

“You have a certain DNA and identity when you play for United or work for United, it doesn’t matter if you’re in the canteen or laundry or in admin or on the pitch, you’ve got to be a certain type of character for me."

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