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Arsenal trump Tottenham with new Gabriel Jesus offer, but one major obstacle still facing Gunners

Gabriel Jesus playing for Manchester City

Arsenal have reportedly come back with a new bid for Gabriel Jesus, which is more than the £40million Tottenham offered Manchester City on Monday.

The forward, who can operate centrally or out wide, is keen to leave City this summer. He believes he can get more game time elsewhere as there is fierce competition for places at the Etihad.

And that competition will only increase when Erling Haaland officially joins up with Pep Guardiola’s squad on July 1. So it’s no surprise Jesus has chosen now as the perfect time to switch clubs.

There are plenty of potential destinations for the Brazil international, both in the Premier League and abroad.

Arsenal and Tottenham are at the front of the queue as they look to bolster their forward ranks. Reports suggest Chelsea are in the frame too, amid uncertainty over Romelu Lukaku’s future.

Jesus has also been offered to Spanish teams Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. Presumably City want as many teams to hold an interest as possible, so they can get a premium fee.

According to reports on Monday, Tottenham made a £40m offer for the 25-year-old.

Arsenal have supposedly already agreed personal terms with Jesus, but Spurs want to show they are still a transfer threat.

Arsenal come back with improved Gabriel Jesus bid

The strategy appears to have worked, too. According to Goal’s Brazil reporter Thiago Fernandes, Arsenal have launched an increased offer to win the transfer race.

They have put £42.8m on the table, which is slightly more than Spurs’ bid. Gunners officials will now wait and see if this is enough to tempt City, or if Spurs come back with a rival offer.

Arsenal have a slight advantage in the form of Mikel Arteta. The coach has a good relationship with Jesus thanks to his time working under Guardiola at City.

Despite this, there is still a big obstacle in Arsenal’s way. That’s because Jesus is yet to be convinced about joining Arteta’s project.

At City, he has won plenty of trophies and usually competed in Europe’s premier club competition, the Champions League.

Arsenal confidence grows about signing Gabriel Jesus from Man City

Arsenal have hope of signing Gabriel Jesus for £40m from Manchester City and are confident they can get a deal done

But that might not be the case at Arsenal. They don’t win as many trophies as the Citizens and didn’t manage UCL qualification last term.

So Arsenal officials will need to pull off a huge charm offensive if they are to convince Jesus to drop down and play in the Europa League next season.

Arsenal have the most need for Jesus, with Alexandre Lacazette preparing to depart. But Spurs’ top-four finish gives them a huge transfer advantage over their north London rivals.

Real or Atletico could end up bidding for the City star, but it appears most likely he will remain in the Prem for next season.

A striker alternative for Arsenal is Gianluca Scamacca, and the Gunners are preparing to make a move for the Italian.