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Gabriel Jesus setback for Arsenal as huge wage demands emerge and two European giants are offered Man City star

Gabriel Jesus, Brazil and Man City striker, in action during 2018 World Cup match v Serbia

Arsenal’s hopes of securing the signing of Gabriel Jesus appear to be fading amid claims the striker has been offered to two of Spanish football’s biggest clubs.

Gunners manager Mikel Arteta has his eyes firmly fixed on bringing the Brazilian to London. With Arsenal waving farewell to Alexandre Lacazette, Arteta has a vacancy in his attack for a new No 9. And, having been linked with a number of top stars, it seems Jesus is the man he wants.

Prising him away from City, however, looks far from an easy task. While the striker will almost certainly leave the Etihad, convincing him to drop into the Europa League may prove tough.

Despite a strong finish to the season with City, the club has since signed Erling Haaland. And if that wasn’t enough, Julian Alvarez will also arrive at the Etihad with reports of a loan move to Marseille quoshed.

That said, reports on Sunday suggested Arsenal have finally made a breakthrough, having agreed personal terms with the striker.

Despite that, it seems Jesus himself intends to explore other options first before committing to Arsenal.

As a result, Cadena Ser reports the striker has been offered to both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

The Spanish giants can both offered Jesus the Champions League football he craves. And with a strong contigent of Brazilians already on Real Madrid’s books, that move may well appeal to the 25-year-old.

However, a move to Spain remains far from certain. The report claims Jesus is demanding a whopping £4.3m (€5m) a year salary after tax – or around £130,000 a week.

The report claims that while the figure will not deter Arsenal, both Atletico and Real will think twice before offering such a salary.

Arsenal may emerge as sole suitors for Gabriel Jesus

Despite the reports, Arsenal can retain some confidence they can still secure the signing of Gabriel Jesus.

The Gunners look best placed to offer the striker the wages he craves – and can also promise him regular football too.

A move to LaLiga might appear more glamourous – but does the striker want to jeopardise his World Cup prospects by sitting on Real’s bench?

And while Arsenal can only offer Europa League football, this is a competition the Gunners can surely go deep into. In fact, knowing that success in this offers a route into the Champions League must surely act as a big incentive to the club.

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

Whether that is enough to attract Jesus remains to be seen.

One thing that is certain, however, is that his time at City looks done. His game-time will be totally restricted at the Etihad – and his exit makes sense with his deal expiring in summer 2023.

For a £40m fee, he looks a player well within reach for Arsenal. And even his wage demands will surely not dissuade them either.

Meanwhile, Arsenal’s chances of a reunion with Serge Gnabry appear to be fading amid claims over where the winger wants to play.