Arsenal have formally submitted a €50m bid for Gabriel Jesus, moving forward with their pursuit following Manchester City’s purchase of Erling Haaland.

MADRID, SPAIN: Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City FC <ct during the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final Leg Two match between Real Madrid and Manchester City at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 04, 2022. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN: Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City FC during the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final Leg Two match between Real Madrid and Manchester City at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 04, 2022. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Brazilian outlet UOL reported on Wednesday that Arsenal had advanced in negotiations with Manchester City over the signing of Gabriel Jesus.

UOL claim Arsenal are now closer in terms of transfer value, salaries, agent fees, and a five-year contract for the striker. The Gunners also have the advantage of a good personal relationship between Jesus and technical director Edu Gaspar.

The same outlet add that negotiations are on course for a deal worth €50m.

Goal in Brazil report that Arsenal have formalised a €50m bid for the player. Thanks to Erling Haaland’s transfer, negotiations are now close to an end – though a deal won’t be done until the conclusion of the Premier League season.

At this stage, Jesus still isn’t ruling out taking up other offers, with five more on the table. You’d imagine he’d turn to an alternative should Arsenal fail to qualify for the Champions League.

But if Arsenal do make it into the top four, there doesn’t seem to be much standing in their way.

Jesus’ personal relationships with Edu and former City coach Mikel Arteta will help, Arsenal have worked on this deal for a long time to convince the player of their intentions, and it seems like finding a deal with City isn’t going to be a huge issue either.

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

Fabrizio Romano reported this week that Gabriel Jesus’ agent Marcelo Pettinati told him: “We had talks with Arsenal about Gabriel Jesus, we like the project – it’s a possibility we’re discussing.

“There are 6 more clubs interested in Gabriel – he’s focused on final games with Man City, we’ll see.”

Romano previously reported that there are currently no conversations between City and Jesus over a contract extension. It seems he’s set to leave for one club or another.

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

The Brazilian international has 13 goals and 12 assists in 39 games for City this season, a goal contribution every 96 minutes on average, despite often playing out wide.

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