Antonio Conte wants Tottenham to beat north London rivals Arsenal to a summer deal for Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus, according to reports.
THE LOWDOWN: GUNNERS INTEREST
Back in April, The Athletic reported that the north London outfit were exploring the possibility of signing striker Jesus from the Etihad in the summer transfer window.
Discussions between Arsenal’s technical director Edu and Jesus’s representatives were believed to have taken place for a number of months and the 25-year-old is thought to be open to the prospect of joining the Gunners, with his agent stating that they liked the Gunners’ project at the Emirates.
Arsenal are looking to strengthen their attack in the upcoming market with Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah on expiring contracts and Jesus — who joined City from Palmeiras in 2016 — looks the perfect potential acquisition.
However, reports have emerged regarding their fierce rivals entering the fray for the Brazilian’s signature.
THE LATEST: NORTH LONDON BATTLE
According to the Daily Telegraph, Spurs have now entered the race to sign Jesus and are ready to battle their arch-rivals for a deal.
The Gunners emerged as the frontrunners to sign Jesus earlier in the month but their failure to secure Champions League football may sway the player’s decision.
THE VERDICT: TOTTENHAM MOVE LIKELY
Spurs’ success at securing Champions League football on the final day at the expense of the Gunners could well mean a move for the £45m-rated Samba hitman seems more likely.
Indeed, the 54-time Brazilian international is a Champions League quality forward, and will be hell-bent on continuing to play in such a prestigious competition which means Antonio Conte’s men will be the more attractive proposition for the former Palmeiras superstar.
If so, that would be a huge blow for Mikel Arteta seeing as the Brazilian was one of his main targets for this summer.
Seeing Jesus being snatched under their noses by their fierce rivals will not be a welcome sight for the Gunners faithful, as he could well have been a future Arsenal star.