Arsenal have lodged an opening offer of £42m as they attempt to lure Gabriel Jesus to north London, according to reports…
THE LOWDOWN: TRANSFER PRIORITY
The Gunners are currently locked in a straight battle for the coveted top-four spot in the Premier League table and a win at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium on Thursday night guarantees them their first top-four finish since the 2015/16 Premier League campaign.
The club have not played in the Champions League since the 2016/17 season but this will be a great chance for Mikel Arteta’s young side to do so but, with zero senior strikers set to be on their books next season, one eye appears to already be on the summer transfer window before this campaign has even finished.
Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano recently stated that the Manchester City forward is now top of Arsenal’s transfer priority list.
Now it’s been reported that the north London outfit have tabled an opening offer for the Brazilian.
THE LATEST: £42M BID SUBMITTED
According to Goal Brazil, the Gunners have submitted a bid of €50m (£42m) for the in-form hitman.
City are reportedly looking for a fee closer to the €60m (£51m) mark, but Arsenal have opened the bidding as they look to win the race for his signature.
Also, Brazilian outlet UOL reported on Wednesday that Arsenal had advanced in negotiations with Manchester City over the signing.
UOL claimed the Emirates Stadium outfit are now closer in terms of transfer value, salaries, agent fees, and a five-year contract for the striker. The Gunners also have the advantage of a good personal relationship between Jesus and technical director Edu Gaspar.
THE VERDICT: PERFECT DEAL
The 54-time Brazilian international has been in red hot form of late for the Citizens with eight goals in his last eight matches across all competitions but with news emerging that Erling Haaland is joining the Citizens from Dortmund, the Brazilian international will likely see his game time diminish significantly next season, so going to Arsenal and working with Mikel Arteta again will be an incredibly smart move for the forward.
The former Palmeiras forward would be the outright number one striker at the Emirates with both Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah set to become free agents, so leading the line for a young and progressive side potentially playing Champions League football could be an ideal scenario.
The £45m-rated star, previously heralded as the “best in the world” by his manager Pep Guardiola, has considerably proven himself a top-tier forward in the English top-flight with 58 goals and 32 assists in 157 appearances despite not being Pep Guardiola’s main man on numerous occasions and playing outside his natural habitat upfront.
Considering Jesus’ high-ceiling and incredible potential, the quoted £42m bid tabled by Arsenal could well be the perfect deal for the Gunners in the long run.