Arsenal are in advanced talks with Gabriel Jesus over a potential transfer, but the Gunners are yet to open negotiations with Manchester City.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 26: Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City scores his team's fourth goal during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Manchester City and Fulham at Etihad Stadium on January 26, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND: Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City scores his team’s fourth goal during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Manchester City and Fulham at Etihad Stadium on January 26, 2020. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Brazilian journalist Jorge Nicola initially reported on his YouTube channel that Arsenal are in very advanced talks with Gabriel Jesus over a transfer.

Technical director Edu is in charge of negotiations, and Nicola claims Edu has even reached an agreement with the player’s agent. But there’s no deal with Manchester City yet.

Jesus is keen to be playing again, so he can make Brazil’s squad for the World Cup later this year.

David Ornstein of The Athletic then weighed in reporting that Arsenal are indeed exploring the possibility of signing Jesus, and talks between Edu and Jesus’ camp have taken place for a number of months now.

Ornstein confirmed Jesus is open to the prospect, adding that negotiations are yet to begin between Arsenal and Manchester City – who don’t want to encourage transfer speculation during the season.

Jesus has seven goals and 11 assists in 34 games for City this season, a goal contribution every 110 minutes. He’s often been asked to play out wide this campaign, hence why his goal numbers have dipped whilst his assist tally has grown.

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Brazil’s forward Gabriel Jesus (L) vies with Switzerland’s midfielder Granit Xhaka during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group E football match between Brazil and Switzerland at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don on June 17, 2018. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP)

With Erling Haaland set to join City, Jesus is obviously going to be concerned about how often he’ll feature for the side in the second half of the year. The question is whether City will be willing to let him go.

Jorge Nicola certainly seems to think so, believing City will ask for a relatively small compensation. But until negotiations open in earnest, it’s hard to say for sure.

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