Edu and Gabriel Jesus’ representatives have already pretty much completed their negotiations for him to join Arsenal.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND: Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City celebrates after scoring their team's fifth goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Watford at Etihad Stadium on April 23, 2022. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images,)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND: Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City celebrates after scoring their team’s fifth goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Watford at Etihad Stadium on April 23, 2022. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images,)

Speaking to The Athletic Football Podcast, David Ornstein reported that Arsenal technical director Edu Gaspar and Gabriel Jesus’ representatives have been talking for a number of months.

At this point, that part of negotiations is effectively done. On the other hand, Arsenal are yet to make contact with Manchester City.

The early indications suggest this is a move Jesus is open to, and he’s the profile of striker Mikel Arteta wants, but the final decision still rests with City.

The Daily Mail report that Arsenal are confident a deal can be completed, with Jesus expected to push for a move.

Goal in Brazil write that Jesus’ agent is expected to act as an intermediary in negotations with City, and a transfer is certainly not off the table.

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND: Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City is challenged by Dominic Thompson of Brentford during the Premier League match between Brentford and Manchester City at Brentford Community Stadium on December 29, 2021. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
BRENTFORD, ENGLAND: Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City is challenged by Dominic Thompson of Brentford during the Premier League match between Brentford and Manchester City at Brentford Community Stadium on December 29, 2021. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Jack Gaughan of the Daily Mail and Fabrizio Romano both reported in the last few days that Jesus is expected to leave Manchester City this summer. That has been the plan for months now, as City prepare to sign Erling Haaland.

Gaughan adds that Jesus wants to prove himself as a no. 9, after playing out wide quite a lot for City this season. Combine that with the addition of Haaland and you can see why the striker might be keen to leave.

Jorge Nicola reports that Arsenal are offering Jesus a €6m annual salary, a significant wage increase for the Brazilian international.

Nicola was the one to initially break the Jesus-to-Arsenal story, reporting on his YouTube channel that Arsenal were in very advanced talks over a transfer.

All sources agree there’s no deal or negotiations with Manchester City yet.

Jesus has 11 goals and 12 assists in 35 games for City this season, a goal contribution every 90 minutes on average, despite often playing out wide.

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