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Chelsea 'move ahead of Everton in Gabriel Magalhaes race'

Chelsea 'move ahead of Everton in Magalhaes race'
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Chelsea move ahead of Everton in the race to sign Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes this summer, according to a report.

Chelsea have reportedly moved ahead of Everton in the race to sign Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes.

The Toffees continue to be strongly linked with a swoop for the Brazilian, and it had been thought that the Merseyside club were close to securing a €30m (£27m) deal for the defender.

However, according to Eurosport, Chelsea have stolen a march on Everton, with Frank Lampard's side now confident of securing Magalhaes's signature during this summer's transfer window.

Lille, who have the centre-back on a contract until the summer of 2023, has also previously been linked with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

Lampard has struggled to settle on a regular combination in central defence this season, and the Blues are also thought to be considering a move for Hellas Verona's Marash Kumbulla.

This summer's transfer window could be put back or extended due to the coronavirus outbreak.


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