Arsenal are closing in on the signing of Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City, according to Gary Jacob of The Times.
With Alexandre Lacazette already a confirmed signing for former club Olympique Lyon and Eddie Nketiah still in talks over a new contract, the Gunners obviously need to sign a striker this summer, preferably one with plenty of Premier League experience who can take up the starting role upfront straight away. While other names have been mentioned in that aspect, Jesus has been their primary target for a long time now, and it seems the Brazilian is keen to work with Mikel Arteta again after the current Arsenal boss spent three years as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at the Etihad.
Arsenal made an opening bid for the services of the 25-year-old which stood at £30 million which the Premier League champions rejected, and now the club are expected to make an improved offer which should come much close to City’s demand of around £50m.
Arsenal have been forced to act more decisively, with Jesus apparently offered to the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, but despite the fact that the Gunners failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League, the player is understood to be keen on the Emirates as his destination. The fact that Arsenal’s need in that aspect is the greatest of the three, which obviously means less problems to secure a regular starting spot, has likely played its part in that too, in addition to the Arteta connection.
Arteta’s team scored no more than 61 goals in the Premier League in 2021/22, even with Lacazette in their ranks and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang present in the first half of the campaign. The proposed arrival of Jesus would surely be of great help in that area.
Further more, Jesus is a player who can do a fine job in any role across the attacking line.