Arsenal are reportedly leading the race to sign Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus this summer as Mikel Arteta looks to bolster his options ahead of the new season.
Chelsea have also expressed an interest in the Brazilian but multiple reports place the Gunners at the front of the queue. Following the departures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette over the past six months, reinforcements will be required for the new season, despite Eddie Nketiah recently extending his stay at the Emirates.
Cody Gakpo, Raheem Sterling, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Serge Gnabry have all been linked with moves to Arsenal as well but Jesus appears to be their top target, with Arteta having previously worked with the Brazilian at the Etihad. An opening bid of around £30 million was reportedly rejected by the Premier League champions but Arsenal are now set to match the £50 million asking price.
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Former Gunners ace Kevin Campbell recently described why his old side are leading the charge for Jesus, citing the likelihood of him being the main man as a big selling point.
“Jesus can go and play Champions League football,” he told the Highbury Squad on YouTube, as cited by TEAMtalk. “But he wants to come to Arsenal, one because he knows the manager, two because he knows the system and three, which is the most important thing, he wants to be the main man.”
While the rumour mill goes into overdrive in England, Jesus is taking a well earned break after a long and gruelling season. He recently shared some snaps to his Instagram story showing a glimpse of his off-season fitness routine. It appeared to comprise plenty of gym work along with beach football, with the 25-year-old no doubt eager to stay sharp for the new campaign.
Source by Football London