A pundit has given three reasons why Gabriel Jesus will join Arsenal over Tottenham when completing his Manchester City exit.
According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Jesus is highly likely to leave the Etihad this summer to take part in a new challenge. And he wants to remain in the Premier League, rather than going to La Liga.
The forward’s price tag is in the region of £40million. City can’t really ask for more than this as his contract runs out next summer.
Reports put Spurs ahead of Arsenal in the transfer chase thanks to their qualification for next season’s Champions League. Antonio Conte’s side finished fourth, at the expense of Arsenal who could only manage fifth.
But Kevin Campbell reckons the 25-year-old will end up at the Emirates instead of Arsenal’s north London rivals. And Mikel Arteta, who worked with Jesus during his time as City assistant manager, could play a part.
“Jesus can go and play Champions League football,” Campbell told the Highbury Squad on YouTube.
“But he wants to come to Arsenal, one because he knows the manager, two because he knows the system and three, which is the most important thing, he wants to be the main man.”
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Arteta’s pre-existing relationship with Jesus should help to convince him to join Arsenal over Spurs.
But Campbell’s last point could be the deciding factor. After all, Spurs can already rely on talisman Harry Kane and Jesus would have to play second fiddle to the Englishman up front.
Arsenal, in contrast, have just lost Alexandre Lacazette on a free transfer and are now without an experienced striker. Jesus would fill this gap perfectly and would come in as Arteta’s first choice in the position.
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Featuring in the Europa League, rather than Champions League, will be a sticking point for Jesus. He is used to playing against the very best teams in Europe.
But Arsenal could convince him to sign for them by saying he is the final piece of the puzzle in their quest for UCL qualification.
Meanwhile, Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has released a statement after his permanent move to Fiorentina fell through.