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Lille defender linked with Chelsea move

Lille defender Gabriel is said to be interested in a switch to England according to reports from France. The highly-rated centre-back has enjoyed an impressive season with Italian club Napoli believed to have opened talks with Lille regarding a transfer.

However, France Football claims that Gabriel is keen to play in the Premier League and has encouraged his representatives to listen to offers from Chelsea and Everton.

Chelsea are thought to be interested in the defender and had sent scouts earlier in the season to watch him play. The Blues are currently in the midst of a summer spree and manager Frank Lampard is keen on strengthening the defence.

Current options of Antonio Rudiger, Fikayo Tomori and Kurt Zouma are not seen to be consistent and the clubs are in search of new players that would add quality to the position.

Gabriel fits the bill as he is an excellent tackler, comfortable on the ball and has the potentials to develop his game further.

Lille are said to value the defender at around €25m which is a good price for the London club. Everton are also said to be monitoring his situation.