Arsenal have agreed a £45m fee to sign Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City after a breakthrough in talks on Friday.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND: Gabriel Jesus and Jack Grealish of Manchester City celebrate with the Premier League trophy after their side finished the season as Premier League champions during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium on May 22, 2022. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND: Gabriel Jesus and Jack Grealish of Manchester City celebrate with the Premier League trophy after their side finished the season as Premier League champions during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium on May 22, 2022. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Earlier this week, David Ornstein had spoken out to deny that Arsenal had yet reached an agreement to sign Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City, but that changed on Friday.

On Friday afternoon, Mike Keegan of the Daily Mail reported that an agreement was close and Chris Wheatley added that a deal with a final fee of around £45m was getting closer.

Fabrizio Romano then reported that Arsenal and City had reached a full verbal agreement for Jesus in a new meeting.

David Ornstein of The Athletic confirmed that a deal is now in place, with just a few outstanding elements to be finalised. Ornstein adds that Jesus was Arsenal’s first-choice target and they’re signing him amid interest from Spurs and Chelsea.

Goal report that Arsenal were locked in talks with City for weeks, but they reached an agreement on Friday, and the hope is that the deal will be finalised in the coming days.

Sky Sports claim Arsenal put in nearly six months of work with Jesus’ agent to ensure they were favourites for his signature this summer.

That should ensure that personal terms aren’t a problem, even though they haven’t yet been finalised.

Manchester City's Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus kicks the ball during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Manchester City at the London Stadium, in London on May 15, 2022. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Manchester City’s Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus kicks the ball during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Manchester City at the London Stadium, in London on May 15, 2022. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Sky write that Jesus wants to reunite with Mikel Arteta, whilst Wheatley adds that Edu has held extensive talks to assure the striker of a regular starting role.

Fabrizio Romano added on Saturday morning that Edu is working over the weekend to finalise personal terms on a five-year deal.

Goal suggest Arsenal will now try to finalise the deal quickly so Jesus can join the upcoming tour of the United States.

It’s unlikely the forward will be involved on the trip to Germany in just over a week, as he was on international duty with Brazil earlier this month and should get a bit more of a break.

But as it stands, everything is heading for a positive conclusion to eventually see Jesus in an Arsenal shirt on the pitch after that.

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