Arsenal have agreed a deal with Manchester City to sign striker Gabriel Jesus for £45million, with Mikel Arteta vital in getting the transfer over the line.
The Gunners have been chasing a new goalscorer as a top priority since the January transfer window. They let go of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with Alexandre Lacazette’s now-confirmed exit then in the works.
Eddie Nketiah was a free agent like Lacazette and despite him signing a new deal, Arsenal needed more.
And Brazil striker Jesus has been their target of choice for a number of weeks.
According to transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano via The Guardian, though, the transfer is now all-but done.
Indeed, Arsenal have agreed a £45million deal to bring Jesus to the Emirates Stadium. The player and club have also agreed personal terms.
Gunners manager Arteta reportedly played a key role in the move. The Spaniard was Pep Guardiola’s assistant manager at City before he moved to Arsenal, so knows Jesus well.
Arsenal technical director Edu also had a big part to play in landing the agreement with City.
Gabriel Jesus seeks new challenge
Jesus was entering the final year of his City deal and his game time next season looked unclear.
Guardiola has added marksman Erling Haaland to his attack from Borussia Dortmund. Jesus would therefore have found it hard to get game time in the centre of City’s attack.
As such, a move away this summer was the right move for everyone.
Jesus’ departure first and foremost helps the player advance his career having made a name for himself at City. He leaves on good terms having helped win four Premier League titles, among other honours, at the Etihad Stadium.
It is also the right business from City. They are making sure they do not lose Jesus on a free next summer. At 25 years of age, with lots of Premier League experience and looking set to add to his collection of 56 Brazil caps, he had good resale value following his £27million move from Palmeiras in 2016.
City may not have got the most resale value out of him given he was entering the final year of his deal. However, Etihad bosses will be delighted at the profit.
Arsenal summer transfers get going
Jesus represents Arsenal’s third first-team signing of the summer transfer window.
They have added young attacker – and Jesus’ fellow Brazilian – Marquinhos, as well midfielder Fabio Vieira to their squad too.
However, Jesus is the biggest statement signing of the lot.
Given his 159 Premier League appearances for City, he comes with know-how of the division.
But his know-how in front of goal in the English top flight is what Arteta hopes can help him fire the Gunners back into the Champions League.