The agent of Gabriel Jesus has revealed when his client’s transfer will ramp up, while Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes has spoken out about a potential swoop.
Jesus, 25, looks to be the odd man out at the Etihad. Man City have forged an agreement to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund this summer. The Norwegian will slot straight in as the central striker, thus removing any faint hopes of Jesus becoming the club’s long-term No 9.
The vast bulk of Jesus’ appearances this season had come on the right wing anyway. But with Riyad Mahrez on the books, Jesus’ is far from assured regular minutes going forward.
Talk of a move to Arsenal emerged in May amid reports Gunners chief Edu had been working on a move for months. Those claims were backed up by the Athletic’s ultra-reliable David Ornstein.
Arsenal’s hopes of landing Jesus were handed a blow upon missing out on Champions League qualification. While reports have suggested their finances won’t be greatly affected, the club’s appeal to Jesus may be.
Tottenham then emerged as a surprise contender to scupper Arsenal’s plans. And according to the Manchester Evening News, we might not have to wait long to find out what the future holds for Jesus.
They quote the Brazilian’s agent, Marcelo Pettinati, as saying: “At the moment we’re understanding all of the projects, so right now isn’t the time to say anything.
“Things will advance after his time with the national team.”
Gabriel Magalhaes doing his bit
Jesus is currently on international duty with Brazil who have three friendlies on the horizon. The Selecao will face South Korea and Japan on June 2 and 6 respectively before hosting Argentina on June 11.
Once his international commitments are fulfilled, the subject of Jesus’ future will come into focus.
But while away with his Brazilian teammates, it appears current Gunner Gabriel Magalhaes is doing his bit to lure Jesus to Arsenal.
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Speaking in a press conference on Sunday ahead of potentially making his senior Brazil debut, Gabriel said (via the Sun): “We joke in the dressing room, but there’s nothing there.
“He’s certainly a quality player and if he goes to Arsenal, it will help us a lot.”
Where will Gabriel Jesus go?
With just 12 months remaining on his deal and Haaland inbound, Jesus’ future certainly seems to lay away from the Etihad.
Globo Esporte claimed Spurs are playing catch-up in their efforts to sign Jesus. In their eyes, Arsenal remain the odds-on favourites at present.
And looking at the two clubs’ respective squads, a move to the Emirates makes far more sense.
Eddie Nketiah is expected to pen fresh terms, though Alexandre Lacazette could leave on a free. That will leave Mikel Arteta searching for attacking reinforcements and their need is far greater than Spurs’.
Antonio Conte can already call upon Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Dejan Kulusevski. Ivan Perisic is close to wrapping up an agreement and can also play in the forward line if not deployed at wing-back. His arrival may spell the end for Steven Bergwijn.
Jesus would also fit the profile of player Arsenal have targeted in recent times. All six of the first-teamers they signed last summer were aged 23 or under and many had Premier League experience in their locker.
At 25, Jesus has his best years ahead and has already proved he can handle the best the Premier League has to offer at Man City.