Arsenal have won the race for Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus.
The 25-year-old was linked with a move to Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea, but it’s the Gunners who are now close to signing the Brazilian.
Arsenal will complete a £50m deal for Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus in the next seven to ten days, according to reports.
Jesus is open to leaving Manchester City as he wants to be a focal point in a team, having largely played as a back-up striker at Man City.
Jesus would become Arsenal’s fourth summer arrival following their signing of goalkeeper Matt Turner, forward Marquinhos and midfielder Fabio Vieira, who completed a £34m move from Porto earlier this week.
Chelsea fans are bemoaning Chelsea’s situation, as the club has only signed 18-year-old goalkeeper from Southampton, Eddie Beach.
Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley had advised Gabriel Jesus to rather stay at Manchester City than make the move to Arsenal where he won’t be sure of winning a trophy.
“It’s a difficult one because Arsenal need to get players in that are going to fill that position for sure,” Burley told ESPN.
“They’ve got some youngsters that have filled the wider positions and [Martin] Odegaard in behind.
“I think if I was Jesus, I think I would be inclined to sit and wait, particularly with a year left. Whether Man City try and dissuade him from doing that by suggesting there won’t be many minutes of game time [next season], I don’t know.
“Of course, their squad is going to be bolstered by some new signings. It’s a difficult one for the player because he’s good enough to go somewhere and become this striker again that we know he is.
“He’s been utilised in many positions and has done a good job. It’s whether you could persuade him to go to Arsenal where, is it all about the project? At the end of the day, Arsenal are a long chunk off challenging for major honours.”