Mikel Arteta is in the market for a new striker after seeing Alexandre Lacazette join Lyon this summer on a free transfer. Eddie Nketiah is now the only recognized striker for Arsenal after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left for Barcelona in January.
The Brazilian international Jesus has been widely reported as Arteta’s top target. The two had previously worked together at Manchester City, and Arteta is eager to reconnect with Jesus in North London.
The 25-year-old is looking for a move this summer after falling out of favor with Erling Haaland’s arrival. Jesus’ contract has just one year left, so City is willing to sell him now rather than risk losing him for nothing later.
Arsenal and City have been in talks for some weeks. According to CBS Sport reporter Ben Jacobs, City initially demanded roughly £55 million and turned down Arsenal’s opening offer of £35 million.
Jacobs claims that the two teams have since verbally agreed to a fee that is expected to fall somewhere between their two estimates. Jesus, according to the report, is also expected to sign a deal with the Gunners for about £220,000 a week, which is around £11.5 million annually.
The full video is available above, but during an interview with The Football Terrace, Jacobs said:
The signing is very likely to happen, and Arsenal are still the front-runners. According to sources close to the player, Jesus has been sold on Arteta and Arsenal’s strategy. And by strategy, I mean that they marketed that transfer to him in light of a team focus point that is in direct opposition to Manchester City,”
“According to the agreements, he’ll likely make about £220,000 every week. The two sides are in advanced talks, and I think they have verbally agreed on a price, at least for Arsenal and Manchester.
Arsenal have no reason to fear the trade won’t take place because Tottenham and Chelsea have cooled their interest, according to Jacobs, who claims that City are prepared to do business for £45 million.
The journalist said that the trade is anticipated to be formalized in the next 7 to 10 days, so it appears that Arsenal is nearing a remarkable agreement to sign their top summer transfer target.
Jesus is one of the hardest-working forwards in the Premier League, which fits Arteta’s system, and will be a great addition to Arteta’s team. He can play anywhere in the front three.
Jesus will join winger Marquinhos, attacking midfielder Fabio Vieira, and goalkeeper Matt Turner as Arsenal’s fourth key signing of the summer if the deal gets over the line.