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Man City told why Gabriel Jesus transfer to Arsenal is a ‘mistake’ which could cost them

Gabriel Jesus, Man City striker, during the warm-up for Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid at Etihad Stadium

A pundit has told Manchester City why it is a ‘mistake’ to be selling Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal.

The 25-year-old has opted to join Arsenal this summer, a move which will see him reunite with former Manchester City assistant boss Mikel Arteta. Jesus will likely become Arsenal’s first-choice centre-forward, following the departures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and then Alexandre Lacazette.

According to Fabrizio Romano, the deal is done. Jesus will join the Gunners on a contract lasting until June 2027.

Manchester City will receive £45million for the Brazil forward. This sees them earn a profit, as Pep Guardiola’s side paid £27m for Jesus back in August 2016.

Romano states the player has completed his medical. The deal is now just awaiting an official announcement from both Premier League clubs.

Jesus supposedly had offers from abroad but chose to remain in England. The Prem is the strongest league in the world right now and Jesus wants to continue to shine in it.

City allowed the 25-year-old to go after capturing Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.

But former Liverpool and City player Dietmar Hamann thinks Guardiola could come to regret the decision to let Jesus move on.

Hamann highlights Gabriel Jesus problem

During a recent interview, he said (via the Daily Mail): “Pep Guardiola is making a mistake by letting Gabriel Jesus leave.

“Erling Haaland has had his injury problems and the Premier League is a very physical league.”

Hamann certainly has a point. While Haaland’s goalscoring record is fantastic – 83 goals in 87 matches for Dortmund – he has had to deal with hip, and to a lesser extent knee, problems in the last two seasons.

Therefore, it could have been a good idea to keep Jesus around as Haaland’s backup. This would have allowed Guardiola to give Haaland a rest in some of the less important matches.

However, Jesus’ career and demands must be taken into account. He doesn’t want to be a regular substitute and instead wants to become an important player elsewhere. That’s why his Arsenal move came to fruition.

City’s decision to let Jesus go could prove costly in some games if Haaland picks up an injury. But the club cannot have it all their own way and must allow players to leave when they request an exit, as they have done here.

Meanwhile, City will receive a new bid for Raheem Sterling in the next few days, as per Romano.