Arsenal are keen on signing Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus this summer, with the Brazilian star refusing to commit his future to the Premier League title challengers.
The 25-year-old forward has just one year left on his current deal at the Etihad Stadium, having joined the club in 2017, and it’s understood the Gunners see him as an ideal candidate to bolster their attacking options.
Mikel Arteta is expected to lose senior strikers Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah come the end of the campaign once their current contracts expire – meaning the Spaniard will soon be without any experienced centre-forwards.
Now, according to the Daily Mail, ‘preparations for the club’s summer transfer strategy are under way’, and natural centre-forward Jesus is a ‘prominent’ part of their plans.
It’s also been reported signing the Brazil international as ‘a deal the Gunners believe can be completed’ given he is ‘expected to seek a move’.
The former Palmeiras goal scorer has been unable to cement a spot in City’s starting line-up this season, and reports have suggested he is looking to secure regular game time elsewhere.
He perhaps sent a message to his club, as well as his suitors, by firing four goals past Watford in a 5-1 victory on Saturday as he completed the 90 minutes for only the tenth time this term.
And when speaking following his stellar performance, Jesus opted not to confirm where he would be playing next season.
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When quizzed on whether he would like to fight for a place in Pep Guardiola’s starting XI, Jesus said: “It’s not time to think about this. You expect me to say this, but it’s true.
“This is no time to think about this. Now is the best moment of the season.”
He continued: “It’s not just me, it’s [all] the players. If you ask, everyone’s going to say ‘I want to play’ and the season that I arrived here I played a lot, I think.”
“I know what I expect of course but I know we have very good players who can play every game as well and sometimes it’s not just me, it’s Riyad [Mahrez], sometimes Raz [Sterling], and [Jack] Grealish arrives this season and sees how it is here.
“We have a lot of good strikers, wingers and forwards.”
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