Gabriel Magalhaes has emerged as a key target for Juventus (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal’s failure to qualify for the Champions League will tempt Juventus into making a bid for Gabriel Magalhaes.

The Gunners were in pole position to finish in the top four with three games of the season remaining, but consecutive defeats against Tottenham and Newcastle presented Antonio Conte’s side with the opportunity to leapfrog their rivals.

Mikel Arteta’s side finished their campaign with a 5-1 win over Everton on Sunday but it proved a hollow victory after Spurs romped to an equally emphatic win at Carrow Road and sealed their place in Europe’s elite club competition.

Juventus are looking to replace Giorgio Chiellini (Picture: Getty)

Without the incentive of Champions League football, Arsenal could be vulnerable to losing their best players who have been attracting admiring glances from elsewhere.

Talks over a new contract for Bukayo Saka could yet prove difficult and already reports claim the England winger’s agent will insist upon the insertion of a release clause in any new deal.

Gabriel, meanwhile, has emerged as the cornerstone of an improved Arsenal defence and has formed an impressive partnership with last summer’s headline recruit Ben White.

The Brazil international featured in 35 consecutive matches after missing the first three games of the season and is settled in London after the recent birth of his baby daughter.

Gabriel played 35 consecutive Premier League games for Arsenal last season (Picture: Getty)

Juventus, however, are scouring the market for a commanding centre-half after the departure of veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini.

Reports last week claimed Juventus chiefs flew to England for talks with Arsenal and were prepared to offer Arthur Melo, who the Gunners tried to sign in January, as part of any deal.

Gabriel, however, according to The Telegraph, is content at Arsenal and will not push to leave this summer, even though, as reported by The Athletic, Arteta plans to sign a new left-sided centre-half this summer.

William Saliba, meanwhile, is set to return to the club and add extra competition for places despite revealing his desire to remain at Marseille after an impressive loan spell.

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Responding to the France international’s comments, Arteta told RMC on Tuesday: ‘He has to come back. He has the experience and has been in the necessary environment in order to be competitive with us.

‘If he had stayed with us this year, where we had one Premier League game every week, with Ben White and Gabriel, he wouldn’t have had half the playing time he had with Marseille, that’s for sure.

‘For his growth and what he can do next season, that wouldn’t have been good. William wasn’t with us because he wouldn’t have had the playing time to gain experience. That’s it, there’s nothing else.’


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