JUVENTUS are reportedly lining up a move for Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes.
And the Italians could offer long-term Gunners target Arthur Melo in exchange.
Juventus are plotting a summer move for Arsenal defender Gabriel MagalhaesCredit: Rex
Juve are prepared to use Arsenal target Arthur Melo in a swap dealCredit: Getty
Di Marzio claims Juve are desperate to sign a top centre-back this summer.
Stalwart Giorgio Chiellini is set to depart after 17 stunning seasons.
And Gabriel has been identified as the man to fill his boots in Turin.
The ex-Lille star, 24, has been in top form under Mikel Arteta this term – playing 33 times in all competitions.
Juventus feel Gabriel has all the right attributes to fit Max Allegri’s system.
And they are keen to wrap up a deal after being made aware of interest from Barcelona.
Gabriel, who is yet to play for Brazil but was called up to the senior squad last year, is believed to be happy at Arsenal.
But Juve reckon they can coax both parties into a move by offering a tasty cash sum.
Arsenal paid £27million to sign Gabriel from Lille in 2020.
And Juventus would allow the Gunners to make a decent profit for starters.
But Italian chiefs feel their trump card lies in unwanted midfielder Arthur.
Arsenal tried and failed to sign the Samba star in January on loan.
Yet they reportedly remain keen to add Arthur to their squad.
Juventus are prepared to let him go this summer as part of a major revamp.
But they will play hardball by solely using him as a means to sign Gabriel in return.
Arthur joined Juve in 2020 from Barcelona as part of a £66m swap deal involving Miralem Pjanic.
However, injuries and poor form have limited Arthur to just 40 Serie A appearances in two seasons – resulting in just one goal.
And he would almost certainly jump at the chance to rebuild his career at the Emirates.