The agent of Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus has confirmed he’s held talks with Arsenal about a potential transfer and that the player ‘likes’ Mikel Arteta’s project.
Having tried and failed to recruit a striker in January, it’s no secret that the Gunners need to reinforce the attacking department this summer.
It appears the Brazil international is high up the list and that talks have been ongoing for several weeks.
Fuelling speculation that Jesus could leave the Etihad is Pep Guardiola’s decision to recruit two new strikers of his own – Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund and Julian Alvarez from River Plate.
Signed from Palmeiras for £29 million in 2017, Jesus has scored 95 goals and made 46 assists in 234 appearances for City.
“We had talks with Arsenal about Gabriel Jesus, we like the project – it’s a possibility we’re discussing,” representative Marcelo Pettinati told transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
“There are six more clubs interested in Gabriel – he’s focused on final games with Man City, we’ll see.”
Asked about the link with Jesus in his pre-Sp*rs press conference, Arteta remained coy.
“You know that I don’t talk about any players that are not with us,” he said.
“I am looking for the strikers that we have in the team, and this is my focus. We have three games to go and that’s the only thing I am focussing on.”
In addition to recruiting new attackers, Arteta and technical director Edu also have decisions to make regarding Alex Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah. Both strikers are out of contract at Emirates Stadium at the end of June and will be available on a free transfer.
Negotiations about new deals have been stalled for some time, although the club are hopeful at least one of the two will sign new terms.
Should Arsenal qualify for the Champions League, it’s expected the club could be very busy in the transfer market. Nicolas Pepe – this week linked with Sevilla – could be used to raise funds.