Arsenal are reportedly closing in on the signing of Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus, who has emerged as hot property this transfer window. The 25-year-old has been attracting interest from a whole host of clubs, with both Chelsea and Tottenham also reportedly keen on him.
But it seems like the Brazil international’s next destination will be at the Emirates, where he would be reunited with Mikel Arteta, who was Pep Guardiola’s assistant manager at Manchester City prior to taking over in north London.
According to The Mail, a deal for Jesus is set to be completed within the next 7-10 days. It seems like the saga surrounding this story will be resolved fairly quickly now, following David Ornstein’s latest report, which states that an agreement with Manchester City has been made, for a fee believed to be in the region of £45 million.
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Certainly, this would be a signing that will boost the current Arsenal squad, with Jesus’s versatility an extremely desirable trait. Whether it’s through the right, left or in a more central position – the latter being where he is expected to be deployed – Jesus has had no issues in influencing proceedings, regardless of where he has been deployed.
Sharp movement inside the 18-yard area, comfortable in dropping deep between the lines and linking attack together and immense work rate without the ball in the press; Jesus offers a plethora of quality and given the fact that both Manchester City and Arsenal have similarities in structure both with and without the ball, he should have no issues when it comes to adaptting to life in north London.
Former Arsenal hero Paul Merson will be delighted if his former club acquire the services of Jesus as it would indicate to him that the Gunners are ‘serious’ about finishing in one of those all-important Champions League places next season.
The growing likelihood is that both Eddie Nketiah and Jesus will be the club’s two striker options next season and certainly there will be huge pressure on both to perform, deliver significant final third output and ensure that Arsenal are able to surpass the 60-goal tally reached last season.
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