Arsenal could complete the signing of Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus “in hours” as Mikel Arteta approaches his number one transfer target this summer. It seems that the Gunners have rejected the rival interest of Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain with Arteta about to reunite with Jesus.
After six years full of trophies at Man City, Jesus looks set to return to regular football this summer after Pep Guardiola added Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez to his star attack. And with the 25-year-old understood to favor a stay in the Premier League, Arsenal want to be in the driving seat to make an exciting addition to the 2022-23 campaign.
In an interview with Wettfreunde, Fabrizio Romano revealed that Arsenal are leading the race for Jesus, with negotiations at an advanced stage. He stated that they are in the process of setting out the more detailed details of the agreement, indicating that it is about to be finalized.
He said: “I’m sure Arsenal are absolutely leading the race [for Gabriel Jesus]. Arsenal are in very advanced talks. So they have a chance to complete this deal. If they want, it could be a matter of hours or days to complete this agreement. They are in the final stages, but it is very important to complete these key details that can sometimes create some problems. “
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Jesus has reportedly opted for a move to Arsenal against Tottenham due to the lesser offensive competition he would face at the Emirates Stadium. The Brazilian international will face the challenge of breaking Antonio Conte’s three first-choice strikers: Dejan Kulusevski, Son Heung-min and Harry Kane.
Meanwhile, at Arsenal, Eddie Nketiah is currently the only striker for Arteta’s first team following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s change to Barcelona in January and the imminent departure of Alexandre Lacazette on July 1 as a free agent. . Jesus plans to arrive in north London, potentially inherit Lacazette’s No. 9 shirt and take his position.
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Arsenal are also looking for a deal for the Leeds United Raphinha winger, whose dream transfer to Barcelona is in doubt due to the financial problems of the League giants. But with Leeds refusing to sell the Brazilian for less than £ 65 million, the Gunners and other suitors could set aside their interest.
It wouldn’t be a disaster, as Arteta has one of the most exciting left-backs in Europe in Bukayo Saka. And Jesus can also have an impact on the right, as he regularly demonstrated during Man City’s last Premier League winning campaign.
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