Arsenal are the ‘most interested’ club in signing Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus at Edu Gaspar’s request, Brazilian journalist Jorge Nicola claims.
Earlier last week, Nicola broke the news about the Gunners’ interest in the 25-year-old. It was reported that talks were underway between technical director Edu and his representatives.
It is now revealed that the Gunners are firmly in the driving seat to sign the versatile forward, and there has been no contact with Barcelona and the player’s entourage, as things stand.
Arsenal are seeking to finalise a deal for the Palmeiras graduate. Edu is playing a key role in the negotiations, having previously worked with Gabriel when he was Brazil’s general manager.
Gabriel will enter the final year of his contract this summer, but City are likely to demand €30 million (£25.2m).
Gabriel has been in-and-out of the starting line-up for the Cityzens this term, but has still impressed with 11 goals and 12 assists from 35 appearances across all competitions.
This includes a stunning four goals and an assist against Watford at the weekend. At 25, he is in the prime of his career, and would be an excellent acquisition for the Gunners.
The Brazilian has largely played as a centre-forward with City, but he also prefers to operate on the right-wing from where he has made 10 goal contributions this season.
Mikel Arteta prefers a striker who is mobile and can link-up from deeper positions. Gabriel fits the requirement. Despite his limited aerial prowess, he is strong with his hold-up play.
With an affordable price tag, the Gunners must move fast to land his services ahead of other European rivals. Gabriel’s relationship with Edu should boost their transfer pursuit.
However, it may ultimately come to Champions League football. The Gunners may need to assure their spot in the elite competition in order to land his signature this summer.
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