Everton are looking to bolster their defence this summer, and the Toffees are reportedly leading the race to sign Lille defender Gabriel.
The 22-year-old has impressed heavily for Lille this season, and he would be a superb addition for Everton. However, he is wanted by a host of European clubs including AC Milan and Paris-Saint Germain. Premier League rivals Leicester City are also equally keen for his signature.
According to reliable journalist Nicolo Schira, Everton have offered the Brazilian defender a contract till 2025, and the Toffees will work to finalize the deal with Lille.
— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) March 25, 2020
Earlier this week, French publication L’Equipe (h/t GFFN) claimed that three clubs have made a formal move to sign Lille defender Gabriel already.
The report claimed that one Italian and two English sides had already submitted bids for the centre-back. Everton are one of the clubs, and the bid is worth between €27m and €32m (roughly £30m) excluding bonuses.
Everton fans will be very excited with the latest transfer update. Gabriel has made 24 appearances in the Ligue 1 this season and has scored one goal. As it stands, Everton are looking more likely to secure the signature of the in-demand centre-back.