Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus continues to be heavily linked with a transfer to Arsenal this summer.
The north London club are keen to sign at least one prolific forward this summer after allowing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to leave for La Liga side Barcelona back in January. Brazilian international Jesus is one name on the club’s shortlist, football.london understands, with the player struggling for consistent game time this season under Pep Guardiola’s stewardship.
Gabriel Magalhaes verdict
Arsenal centre-half Gabriel Magalhaes has offered his thoughts on a potential move for his countryman, admitting the 25-year-old would be a welcome addition to Mikel Arteta’s squad. “We joke around in the dressing room, but there’s nothing certain,” Gabriel told a press conference this week.
“Of course, he’s a quality player and if he goes to Arsenal, he would help us a lot.”
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Gabriel Jesus’ agent Marcelo Pettinati has claimed that talks regarding the former Palmeiras star’s future will take place next month. Speaking to Freddie Paxton, Pettinati said: “At the moment we’re understanding all of the projects [on offer], so right now isn’t the time to say anything. Things will advance after his time with the national team.”
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“At the moment we’re understanding all of the projects [on offer], so right now isn’t the time to say anything. Things will advance after his time with the national team.” pic.twitter.com/d6l9jzkGXr
According to The Telegraph, Arsenal’s local rivals Tottenham Hotspur are also interested in bringing Jesus to north London this summer, with Antonio Conte said to be keen on the 25-year-old. Spurs pipped the Gunners to fourth in the Premier League, meaning they have a spot in next season’s UEFA Champions League whilst Arteta’s men will be playing in the Europa League instead.
Asking price twist
Manchester City will demand £55million to sign Gabriel Jesus this summer, according to ESPN. The report claims that initial contacts have been made between the two clubs, although the north Londoners have been left bemused by City’s valuation of the player given he only has one year left on his current contract.
Jesus decides stance on Arsenal transfer
As per the Express, Jesus and his representatives have decided they will not completely rule out a transfer to Arsenal if the club fail to secure Champions League football. It looks as though Arteta’s side will miss out on qualification after successive losses to Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United. They trail Spurs by two points with one game to go, but with the Lilywhites facing already relegated Norwich City on the final day, they’re unlikely to drop any points.