PSG have reportedly identified Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes as a potential alternative for primary centre-back target Milan Skriniar this summer.

According to Italian publication Tutto Mercato Web, Arsenal defensive mainstay Gabriel Magalhaes has emerged as a possible transfer target for Paris Saint-Germain, who could be priced out of a move for Inter Milan star Milan Skriniar.

PSG are in the market for a new centre-back after seeing Sergio Ramos struggle for fitness in his debut campaign last year. On top of that, Abdou Diallo could be sold this summer while Presnel Kimpembe is dithering over signing a new contract amid interest from Chelsea. It has forced Les Parisiens to look for reinforcements at the back.

PSG have identified Inter Milan mainstay Milan Skriniar as a top target to strengthen their backline. The Ligue 1 champions are believed to have even lodged an offer for the Slovakian international, worth around €40 million. However, the Nerazzurri want at least €70 million for their prized asset, but PSG could be reluctant to meet that valuation.

Indeed, as per the report, Les Parisiens would be willing to offer €50 million. But they will look at other options if Inter do not loosen their stance, with Arsenal star Gabriel Magalhaes now emerging as a potential Plan B for the French heavyweights.

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Having joined Arsenal from LOSC Lille in 2020, Gabriel has firmly established himself as a permanent fixture in the Gunners’ defence. The 24-year-old has made 70 appearances so far for the north London outfit, 39 of which came in the 2021/22 season. On the back of his performances for Arsenal, Gabriel earned a call-up to the Brazilian national team but is yet to make his debut for the Selecao.

Even though Gabriel is a pivotal member of Mikel Arteta’s plans, the centre-half has been linked with an exit this summer. Juventus have been credited with a serious interest in the Brazilian, with PSG now casting admiring glances towards the Arsenal star.

PSG’s interest is likely being driven by new sporting director Luis Campos, who knows Gabriel well from his days at LOSC Lille. But prying the defender away from Arsenal, where he is tied to a contract until 2025, could prove to be a challenge for the Ligue 1 champions this summer.

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