Arsenal are in pole position to sign Gabriel Jesus with Manchester City confident their £50m valuation of the Brazilian striker will be met.
Mikel Arteta has made signing Jesus, who he worked with at City, one of his priorities this summer and talks over a deal are moving forward.
Arsenal are believed to have offered a fee of around £30million in initial talks with City, but have been told they will have to significantly increase their offer amid massive interest in the player, who has one more year on his contract.
Tottenham have also expressed interest in Jesus, who has also been offered to Chelsea and Real Madrid, and City believe £50m is a fair price for a 25-year-old with his best years ahead of him, a proven track record. in the Premier League and 19 goals in 56 appearances for Brazil. Arsenal are not expected to pay a lump sum of £50million and any deal would include performance-related add-ons, but City want a package that values that amount.
Jesus wants to move on in pursuit of more regular football after accepting that his opportunities are likely to be more limited following the arrival of strikers Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez at City.
Jack Grealish, a £100m signing from Aston Villa last summer, is also expected to play a bigger role under Pep Guardiola next season.
Jesus scored 13 goals and 12 assists in all competitions for City last season and played an important role during the break-in. Arteta believes he would be a huge asset to Arsenal given that the Brazilian can play on the front line and has proven a popular, reliable and hardworking member of City’s squad.
Arteta knows Jesus well from his time at City, where the Spaniard spent three years as Guardiola’s No.2 before becoming Arsenal manager, and believes the striker will improve his side’s goal threat while also being precisely the kind of character he wants to bring to the club.