Talks are advancing for Arsenal to sign Gabriel Jesus, with the player keen and the Gunners closing in on a fee agreement.
The Times reported on Thursday that Arsenal were closing in on Gabriel Jesus, growing increasingly confident that they’re close to a deal.
The same outlet added that Jesus wants to join Arsenal, and whilst the Gunners’ initial £30m bid was rejected, they’re now expected to increase it to get closer to Manchester City’s £50m valuation.
Despite Jesus also being offered to Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, it seems Arsenal have managed to overcome any fears the striker might look elsewhere.
The Telegraph add that talks over a deal are advancing. Arsenal aren’t expected to pay a £50m fee upfront, but they’re moving closer to City’s desired package – which would be a deal worth around that much when factoring in add-ons.
The Telegraph repeat the claims that Jesus wants the move, to pursue more regular football. Mikel Arteta’s relationship with the player is also a positive factor.
Melissa Reddy reports that the player is hoping to reunite with Arteta, who regularly gave him individual coaching at City.
Goal in Brazil claim Arsenal have formalised a €50m (£43m) offer for Jesus, and the player’s camp are putting pressure on City to accept.
Despite interest from the likes of Atletico Madrid and Juventus, no other club is offering a similar amount.
Juventus appear to be giving up hope in their pursuit of Jesus, turning to Edin Dzeko as an alternative – as Dzeko’s current club Inter Milan prepare for their desired return of Romelu Lukaku.
In England, Goal’s Charles Watts reports that whilst a deal between Arsenal and City hasn’t been reached, confidence is growing that it soon will be. Negotiations are continuing at pace with belief that a compromise is near.
Jesus scored 13 goals and assisted 12 in 41 City appearances this season, a goal or assist every 103 minutes.