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Gabriel Magalhaes is a machine destined for a big club - Lille President.


Lille's young Brazilian centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes hasn't gone off Everton's radar. [Getty Images]
Lille's young Brazilian centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes hasn't gone off Everton's radar. [Getty Images]

Lille president Gerard Lopez has revealed Gabriel Magalhaes will be joining a "really big club" amid interest from English club Everton. Several clubs in Europe are looking to sign Magalhaes, and it is believed that Carlo Ancelotti's Toffees are one of the favourites to secure the services of Lille's young centre-back. The 22-year-old featured in the Champions League, playing twice against Premier League club Chelsea in this season's group stages. While speaking to Sky Sports, Lopez said: "It's true that he would like to go and try something else out. We haven't taken that decision yet, but he's received a number of offers. "I feel he's closer to one club than others, but nothing's done yet so we'll see. "I wouldn't want to say anymore as I respect the player too much. The mechanism I have in place, and we saw that work so well with Nico [Nicolas Pepe], is that I have a certain price in mind for a player, and at the end of the day it's the player's choice to go and play where he wants to play - that's the respect that I have for them. "I feel he is among the top five dominant central defenders in Europe right now. His statistics, which aren't well covered outside of France, shows that his percentage for winning duels is pretty unheard of in a league that's extremely physical. "He's an absolute machine, so to me, he's well on his way - if not this year - to potentially a really big club. I'm certain he's on his way to the Brazilian national team at some point. "He's been linked to two clubs in the UK and he's clearly been linked to other clubs that have either enquired or moved forward with proposals for him. But we're not in a hurry and we're not playing right now. The player isn't on the pitch."

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