The latest Arsenal news examines the expense of luring Gabriel Jesus away from Premier League rivals, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City during the summer transfer window.
Arsenal have been linked with a move for Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus as part of their hunt for centre-forward reinforcements when the summer transfer market opens.
Interestingly, the 25-year-old showed why he could be the ideal addition to Mikel Arteta’s first-team squad next season by scoring four goals as City thrashed Watford on Saturday afternoon.
Opening up a four-point lead over Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table, albeit potentially temporary.
With both Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah’s contracts expiring this summer, it’s no surprise that Arteta is seeking to add to his attacking options, with Darwin Nunez, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and Alexander Isak among those linked with a transfer to the Emirates Stadium.
Gabriel Jesus, on the other hand, appears to be the chosen one.
According to some sources, the Brazilian has already accepted terms with the north London team, and all that is left is for the two clubs to agree on a transfer fee.
But how much might the city be willing to pay for the striker?
Well, his CIES Football Observatory assessment of €50m-€70m (£42m-£58m) which takes into account the length of his contract and age may be a hint.
A closer examination of the players sold by the club after Pep Guardiola’s appointment in the summer of 2016 bears this out.
While the Spaniard has assembled a squad that most clubs in Europe would envy, with the likes of Ederson, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Bernardo Silva, and Riyad Mahrez, to name a few, proving to be excellent signings, he has also allowed over 30 first-team players to leave since his arrival in Manchester.
And the departures of Fabian Delph, Alexandar Kolarov, Joe Hart, Brahim Diaz, and Leroy Sane, who were all permitted to go after entering the final six to 12 months of their contracts, should offer a hint as to what Arsenal can expect when it comes to negotiating a deal for Gabriel Jesus.
In fact, Brahim was the most profitable of the five players in question, as City paid £200,000 for him from Malaga before selling him to Real Madrid for £15.5 million in the January 2019 transfer window, five months before the midfielder would have been a free agent.
Hart had a similar tale, having joined the club as a youth for £100,000 before being moved to Burnley for about £3 million when Guardiola felt he was surplus to requirements owing to his poor delivery.
Meanwhile, Delph’s £8.5 million transfer to Everton in July 2019 helped City earn a little profit after signing him four years ago from Aston Villa.
According to the Manchester Evening News, City received £44 million upfront from Bayern Munich, with an additional £10 million in add-ons in the summer of 2020.
Which is excellent value considering they spent £37 million to sign the German international from Schalke four years ago.
This also means that Kolarov is the only player who has left City in the last year of his contract at a loss in previous years, which is acceptable considering his age.
Gabriel Jesus finds himself in a similar situation moving into the summer, as his contract at the Etihad Stadium will expire at the conclusion of the season.
Based on City’s typical attitude towards players in this scenario, they won’t want to lose someone of his calibre for nothing, and they’ll want to recoup the £27 million they gave Palmeiras over six years ago.