Arsenal in advanced talks with No.9 Premier League centre-forward
Arsenal are in advanced discussions with Man City over a deal for Gabriel Jesus. The London giants are reportedly willing to offer €50m to the PL champions and a five-year deal to the 25-year-old centre-forward as they inch closer to completing an agreement.
Brazil international was a candidate to leave Man City last summer when the club relentlessly pursued Harry Kane to become their first choice No.9. They failed to convince Spurs to do a deal for the Englishman, who stayed at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which convinced the Brazilian centre-forward to stay put at Man City.
While the Brazilian has been deployed in all three positions of a front-three this campaign, the striker has excelled in a centre-forward role. His late-season goalscoring form for Man City is a testament to his qualities, which continues to bring the interest of many teams, including the Gunners.
The South American centre-forward has a year left on his deal, and after Man City announced the agreement to add Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, the striker is primed to depart from the Etihad Stadium. The Gunners have been interested in reaching an agreement with Jesus, and things have advanced since the initial deal with his agent.
Gabriel is reportedly open to joining the Gunners, while his agent’s recent comments over liking the current project at Arsenal indicate they favour a move to north London. Man City’s possible €60m demand could still prove a minor problem for Arsenal.
Arsenal given green light to sign No.7 England international
Man City winger Raheem Sterling has decided to hold off on talks over a new deal with the PL giants until after England’s international games in June. England international is a summer transfer target for Arsenal and Tottenham.
Raheem has been with Man City since 2015, having arrived from arch-rivals Liverpool. During his seven-year stay at Man City, Sterling has grown into one of the best forwards in England and Europe.
The 27-year-old winger has enjoyed a productive 2021/22 season, during which he has racked up a tally of 17 goals and eight assists from 46 games in all tournaments. However, the English attacker will be entering the final year of his deal with Man City at the end of the campaign.
That, coupled with the recent acquisition of Haaland and Guardiola’s reluctance to use him regularly in big games, has led to question marks over his future, with Arsenal and Tottenham waiting to pounce.
The Gunners are in the market for a wide-forward heading into the next campaign as the Spanish manager desires to add more quality to his front-line. Pepe has severely underperformed over the past couple of campaigns and is likely to depart in the summer, creating a vacancy that the Englishman can fill.
The report states that the former Liverpool winger is not entirely happy with his situation at Man City but remains strongly committed to the club. And Raheem Sterling will hold negotiations over a possible new contract, but only after England’s Nations League games in June are out of the way.
Arsenal renewed negotiations with €25m-rated Eredivisie attacker
Arsenal stay in the battle for Cody Gakpo, with the forward a priority target for the Spanish manager. The PSV forward is coming on the back of a prolific campaign for the Dutch club, and the London giants may launch an approach for the attacker in the summer.
The Gunners aim to build on a successful transitional campaign under the Spanish coach as they eye several crucial figures to strengthen their squad ahead of the next campaign. They have a chance to finish in the top four ahead of Tottenham, which would allow them to spend a bit more fluidly in the coming window.
After bolstering the back-line and goalkeeping positions in the previous summer, Mikel Arteta is likely to focus on reinforcing the front-line of the club. While the current crop have performed admirably, the Spanish tactician is keen to add competition for existing stars such as Martinelli, Smith Rowe and Saka.
The Gunners’ priority is to add a centre-forward, and they are working to land Gabriel Jesus from Man City. At the same time, Mikel Arteta also wants a wide forward on priority, which has seen them trailing highly-rated stars, including Raheem Sterling.
The Gunners were considered frontrunners to add the Netherlands international early on, but their focus may have deviated due to the Englishman’s availability in recent days. However, Arsenal could now be back in the battle for Gakpo, who is reportedly valued at €35m in the current market.