The saga over the Gabriel Jesus transfer appears to have taken a dramatic twist with Tottenham now seemingly emerging as favourites for the Brazilian’s signature.
The striker appears likely to be sacrificed by Manchester City this summer despite his excellent end to the season. Jesus has banged in 13 goals this season, with seven of those coming in the last 10 games of the season. Indeed, he earned wholesome praise from Pep Guardiola recently thanks to his commitment to the cause.
However, with City on the brink of securing the signing of Erling Haaland, Jesus looks like he will be allowed to leave.
That has seemingly opened the door to Arsenal, who are in desperate need of new strikers this summer.
Mikel Arteta’s side will likely lose Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah, with the pair now free agents.
That will leave the Gunners without a recognised senior striker, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also departing in January.
As such, Arsenal have been linked with a number of big names. Indeed, the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Alexander Isak and Victor Osimhen are all reportedly on their radar.
But it seemed as though they were making headway for Jesus, having lodged an opening bid worth £42m.
City, though, are understood to have rejected the offer, valuing the star at nearer the £55m mark.
Tottenham looking to pinch Gabriel Jesus transfer
However, their hopes have taken a blow following their failure to secure Champions League football. The Gunners won their last match of the season with a handsome win over Everton. But it wasn’t enough to deny Tottenham, who return to the competition themselves after a three season absence.
And with the 25-year-old attacker reportedly making the Champions League a criteria for the next club he signs for, Arsenal’s hopes had seemingly taken a hit.
They report that the Italian is looking for a striker, a midfielder and a defender this summer. And the capture of Jesus is seemingly high up on his list of priorities.
Furthermore, Jesus himself is reportedly open to the move in a transfer that would leave Arteta fuming and having to go back to the drawing board.
Conte keen to bolster Tottenham squad
Conte, quite rightly, will be keen to bolster Tottenham’s squad after Champions League qualification.
And Spurs suddenly look a very attractive proposition for potential recruits. Not only do they boast a beautiful stadium, they can also now offer Champions League football too. Furthermore, with Conte, they have one of the game’s elite coaches.
Talismanic striker Harry Kane also appears happy once again, with the England captain intimating that he’s ready to stay.
Discussing his summer plans, Conte is quickly stressing the need to bolster Tottenham’s squad after their win at Norwich.
“It is very important to not forget the path that we had to try to improve the situation because we need to improve the situation.
“Next season for sure, there are five substitutions, another competition and Tottenham must understand this. It will be very difficult, maybe much more than this season.
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“Today is not the right time to speak about this topic. Today is really important to celebrate this big achievement. But for sure, to become competitive and be ready to fight for something important you need to improve. We must improve a lot in many aspects and I know only one word, that is work, work, work.
“Everybody has to do the right path in this process. We need to improve a lot. Next season the league will be very difficult for all the teams.
“With five subs you can change a game. If the bench is strong like a top team, like City, Chelsea, United and Liverpool, you need to improve a lot your squad. That’s in terms of a quality aspect and a numerical aspect. You have to face in England three national competitions and one in the Champions League.”