Positive Gabriel Magalhaes to Arsenal transfer update provided by Mikel Arteta

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has offered an update on the club's move for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes, admitting he is "pretty positive" they can get the deal over the line.

The Brazilian has agreed a five-year deal with Arsenal and the Gunners will fork out £27m to prise him away from Lille.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of the Community Shield clash with Liverpool, Arteta said: "Regarding Gabriel, we cannot announce anything yet, the deal is not finalised – you all know he is a player that we have followed for a long time and hopefully we can get it done.

"Well, everything is okay when both parties sign, and the player agrees the terms and he goes through the medical – sometimes that, in the final stages, is not as easy as it looks. But we are pretty positive that we can do it.

"Again, when we get it I will be very pleased. He's a player that we've followed and we're very determined that it was the right profile for us to improve our squad.

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"If we are able to finalise it, we will be delighted. We are trying to finalise a deal. That's what I can tell you at the moment."

Arteta also offered an update on the future of midfielder Dani Ceballos, who spent last season on loan at the Emirates from Real Madrid.

Ceballos played a key role for Arteta towards the end of the season and he is interested in keeping him at the club.

Well, we have some talks and Dani knows really well what I think about him," Arteta added.

"He was pretty clear with me as well that his intention was to remain with us but obviously Real Madrid is involved and I don’t know yet what they want to do with the player.

"But he’s a player that we are interested in because we really saw, in the last few months of the season, what he is capable of bringing to us."

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