Arsenal are edging closer to bringing Man City striker Gabriel Jesus on board after transfer guru Fabrizio Romano provided three encouraging updates.

The Gunners will seek to revamp their forward line this summer to ensure Mikel Arteta is not left short on firepower. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has already moved on, while Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are set to become free agents.

One or both of that pair could depart, with West Ham reportedly now on pole position to sign Nketiah.

Arsenal have scheduled a third round of contract talks with the 22-year-old. Though whether they can offer the guarantees he’s demanding, only time will tell.

As such, one or two new strikers are expected to be signed and top of the list is seemingly Gabriel Jesus.

The Man City forward, 25, will see his contract at the Etihad expire in 2023. To avoid losing such a saleable asset for nothing, an exit this summer could be sanctioned.

What’s more, City have already wrapped up a deal to sign Argentine striker Julian Alvarez. He looks destined to be joined in Manchester by Erling Haaland.

Details on the Norwegian’s move to City can be found here, including the financial details that are far lower than many first thought.

Ornstein, Romano talk up Jesus move

With new faces arriving, Jesus’ time could be up and Arsenal are reportedly leading the chase. Indeed, the Athletic’s David Ornstein previously revealed talks over a move to north London have been ongoing for months.

Now, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has shed new light on the situation, and it makes for great reading for Gunners fans.

Firstly, Romano reaffirmed Arsenal’s desire to sign Jesus. The Italian tweeted Jesus is ‘top of their list’ in the attacking department.

Furthermore, Romano noted new ‘direct contacts’ have been made on the player’s side. Though he did admit direct contact between Arsenal and City is still to come.

Finally, the impact of Haaland’s move was stressed with Romano concluding Jesus is now ‘expected to leave’ in the wake of City’s Haaland announcement via their official website on Tuesday.

Brazilian outlet UOL added their take on the proposed Jesus to Arsenal transfer on Monday.

They claimed City will seek a €60m (£51.2m) fee for the Brazil international. However, they may be willing to go as low as €50m (£42.7m) pending how negotiations with Arsenal go.

Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal good business?

It is increasingly clear Arsenal must sign at least one new striker this summer. The list of those linked is lengthy, though Jesus would arguably be the cream of the crop.

At 25, he fits the age profile of players Arsenal chief Edu coveted last summer. What’s more, he has an abundance of Premier League experience and would not require a bedding in period.

Years in the Pep Guardiola system ensure he will always contribute on the defensive side of the game. And in front of goal, his record is better than some might expect.

His tally for City currently stands at 95 goals and 46 assists in 234 matches.

While that may not seem extraordinary on first glance, it’s important to note Jesus has regularly been the victim of rotation. He also spent many years making cameos off the bench when Sergio Aguero was in full flow.

As such, Jesus would appear to be the type of player that would excel given greater responsibility. Given Arsenal’s impending shortage of strikers, he’ll have opportunity to shine in north London.

 

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