Gabriel Jesus who had also been considered as a target for Chelsea is close to completing the Arsenal transfer deal.
Despite competition from Tottenham Hotspur, Mikel Arteta has been reassured in his quest to sign Gabriel Jesus this summer.
According to reports, Arsenal has surpassed Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain in the hunt to capture Gabriel Jesus this summer.
Following his decision to part company with Manchester City, the 25-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium.
Jesus is willing to leave the defending Premier League champions, and his agents have just spoken with Edu about this.
Contrary to its rivals Spurs and PSG, Arsenal won’t be playing in the Champions League next season, yet the Gunners are apparently leading the battle to sign Jesus.
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And, according to Fabrizio Romano via German outlet wettfreunde, it has been Arsenal who has been persistent which has seen competition for the Brazilian retract.
He said: “I think they’re just watching the situation and they know that Gabriel is very close to joining Arsenal.
“So, PSG at the moment, are not in a rush to sign a striker but Luis Campos has always been a big fan of Gabriel Jesus and this is why he has been following the situation. Tottenham are interested in Gabriel Jesus. They have had several contacts with his agents.
“But they know that Gabriel wants to be the star of the project, the key player of the project and this is why for Arsenal it is a good opportunity because Arsenal needs a number nine – a proper striker to be the face of the project. I’m sure that Arsenal are absolutely leading the race (for Gabriel Jesus). Arsenal are in really advanced talks. So they have the chance to complete this deal.”
Jesus, is currently on £ 90,000 a week at the Etihad, according to Spotrac and Edu is reportedly willing to almost triple the forward’s wages.
He has offered Jesus a €16million-a-year contract – around £ 264,000 a week.
It’s said that should the Gunners qualify for the Champions League next season, the Brazilian’s contract will rise to € 17m a year – around £ 280,000 a week.