Arsenal could sign Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City within the next week or two after the latest reports indicated their ever-increasing confidence.
After the departures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in recent months, Arsenal have been searching for a new striker. Any new arrival will be competing with Eddie Nketiah for a place up front.
Mikel Arteta has long since identified Jesus as the man he wants to lead Arsenal’s frontline. He knows him well from their time together at Manchester City.
There have been fears about competition from elsewhere, but Arsenal have always appeared to be in the lead. They could make that clear once and for all in the coming days.
According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal are now expecting to get a deal for Jesus over the line. They could sign him within the next seven to 10 days.
The transfer fee to be paid to Manchester City will be £50m, which would make him one of Arsenal’s five most expensive signings of all time. An agreement between the two clubs is believed to be close.
In turn, City’s sale of Jesus will fund their imminent acquisition of midfielder Kalvin Phillips from Leeds United. The champions have already reinforced the striker ranks that Jesus will be vacating.
Indeed, the signings of Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez this summer mean Pep Guardiola will be well-stocked up front. If Jesus were to stay, he would struggle for gametime.
Arsenal verbally agree Gabriel Jesus deal with Manchester City
Arsenal and Manchester City verbally agree deal for Gabriel Jesus
Hence, a transfer is in the best interests of all parties. By joining Arsenal, Jesus would be boosting his chances of becoming a Premier League regular.
For someone who has already scored 58 top-flight goals in five-and-a-half seasons in England, it could be an opportunity to relish.
Finishing line in sight for Gabriel Jesus transfer
Arsenal will be hoping there are no hiccups over the next week or so. Now, a deal for their primary target seems to be in sight.
The addition of a player of Champions League calibre would help their own aspirations of reaching the top four, after just falling short last season.
And the fact that Arsenal could beat clubs of top-four stature to his signature would be a further boost for their status.
Getting a deal done for Jesus would be a promising move from Arsenal, while City have little reason to object.