David Ornstein reports that Gabriel Jesus’ most likely destination is Arsenal, but denies an agreement with Manchester City over the transfer.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND: Ilkay Guendogan of Manchester City celebrates after scoring their team's third goal with Gabriel Jesus during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium on May 22, 2022. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND: Ilkay Guendogan of Manchester City celebrates after scoring their team’s third goal with Gabriel Jesus during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium on May 22, 2022. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

In recent days, reports have emerged of a verbal agreement between Arsenal and Manchester City for Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus, but The Athletic’s David Ornstein has shot those claims down.

Speaking to HaytersTV, Ornstein claimed that whilst Arsenal are still Jesus’ most likely destination, it’s not a done deal and the Gunners need to tie things up quickly.

“Gabriel Jesus is Arsenal’s top target for this transfer window,” Ornstein said. “They are doing everything they can to sign him and sign him as quickly as possible because Mikel Arteta wants to build his attack around him.

“But as things stand, there is no agreement between the clubs. Arsenal need to get to a figure that Manchester City are prepared to accept and Manchester City will not easily drop or waver far from that (valuation).

“Meanwhile, there is interest in Gabriel Jesus from Chelsea, and others. So if Arsenal snooze, they may lose, and others can potentially offer him Champions League football.

“As things stand, Gabriel Jesus’ most likely destination is Arsenal, but it is not a done deal.”

LEEDS, ENGLAND: Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City celebrates with teammate Phil Foden after scoring their side's third goal during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Manchester City at Elland Road on April 30, 2022. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LEEDS, ENGLAND: Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City celebrates with teammate Phil Foden after scoring their side’s third goal during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Manchester City at Elland Road on April 30, 2022. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Speaking on The Football Terrace, CBS Sports’ Ben Jacobs reported on Wednesday that Arsenal had finally verbally agreed a fee with City for Jesus.

Jacob claimed it’s now highly likely that a move will be completed in the next seven to 10 days, with personal terms that should see the striker earn around £220,000 per week.

The Daily Mail have since repeated the claim that a deal is expected in the next week or so, but they write that an agreement is “close”, not done.

Jesus’ representatives flew to England over the last few days to advance the move, though the player himself is currently on holiday with his partner and their new baby in Portugal.

The striker featured on international duty with Brazil earlier this month, so he’ll get a slightly extended break.

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