Arsenal, who have made Gabriel Jesus their top objective this summer, will now compete with Spanish heavyweights Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid for his signature.
According to rumours, Manchester City has offered to sell Gabriel Jesus to Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid this summer in response to Arsenal’s interest.
Mikel Arteta has highlighted the Brazilian as a priority for a transfer away from the Etihad this summer, after the expected arrival of Erling Haaland.
However, the Gunners may have to fight for his signature now, which may be difficult.
The striker is likely to depart the Premier League winners in the coming weeks, but any deal would be delayed by his exorbitant wage demands.
After coming agonizingly close to ending their multi-year exile from the Champions League last season, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is looking to bolster his team this summer.
The Spaniard is on the lookout for a new No.9, with Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City appearing to be the Gunners’ primary summer target.
While rumours indicate that Arsenal and the Brazilian striker have “signed agreements,” the Londoners will have to wait and see whether their interest in the City player materializes.
Arsenal, anxious for offensive reinforcements before the new Premier League season, are unlikely to be deterred by Jesus’ exorbitant pay demands.
Long before Alexandre Lacazette’s departure was announced by the club last week, Jesus had been identified as Mikel Arteta’s top summer target, leaving Eddie Nketiah as the club’s sole recognized senior striker.
According to Cadena Ser journalist Anton Meana, speaking through the Daily Mail, the 25-year-old wants €5 million (£4.3 million) every year after taxes.
According to the report, Atletico Madrid first turned down a prospective move, but Carlo Ancelotti’s Los Blancos are interested. It also mentions that Jesus’ status as a non-European citizen may be a problem.
Following the departures of attackers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, Arteta, who was City’s assistant coach at the Etihad, is looking to boost his attack.
The Gunners have already begun negotiations with Jesus’ agent, Marcelo Pettinati, and, amid other European interest, have increased his current £110,000-a-week contract to £190,000-a-week with bonuses in an attempt to lure him away.
He said a decision might be made soon after scoring in Brazil’s 5-1 triumph over South Korea, as he enters the final year of his current City contract.
“I’m trying to figure out what’s best for myself and, more importantly, my career. We’ll see what works best starting Tuesday.” he stated.
Meanwhile, Arteta previously praised Jesus, saying that “you have nothing” without a striker like him.
He told Sky Sports, “He puts the ball in the net — that’s priority number one. Threat to the goal. Any successful team must have a sufficient number of goal scorers. You have nothing if you don’t have it.”
This season, Jesus struggled for game time, appearing only 28 times in the Premier League for Pep Guardiola, which was his lowest total in a whole season since his £28 million move from Palmeiras.
However, his view to play consistently as a center striker for Arteta might turn out to play a big role in his choice.