Arsenal keen on to agree £70m double deal this week

By | July 2, 2022

Arsenal are reportedly hopeful of finalising a double £70m swoop for Gabriel Jesus and Lisandro Martinez next week.

The North London giants have been rather quiet in the summer transfer window so far and have only announced one new arrival, with Marquinhos joining from Sao Paulo for a £3m fee.

A deal for Portuguese giants, Porto’s Fabio Vieira has been agreed, though, and the Gunners could very well confirm the 22-year-old’s signing early next week alongside Matt Turner after he finalised his medical and signed terms on a five-year contract.

Eddie Nketiah and Mohamed Elneny have both committed themselves to new deals, while French forward Alexandre Lacazette left on a free transfer to rejoin Ligue 1 giants, Lyon, and Mikel Arteta should oversee some more new arrivals ahead of the 2022-23 campaign.

According to the Daily Mail, the North London team could end up £70m worse off next week as they hope to finalise deals for Ajax centre-back Martinez and Manchester City centre-forward Jesus.

The report adds that the Gunners have already seen a £35m bid for Brazilian forward, turned down by the Premier League champions, who are instead holding firm on their £50m price tag for the 25-year-old.

However, the Gunners are still optimistic that they can drive the price down, with Jesus out of deal in 2023 and facing greater competition from Julian Alvarez and Erling Braut Haaland.

Chelsea, Tottenham and Juventus have also been credited with an interest in Jesus, though, and the Gunners do not have the advantage of Champions League football in negotiations.

Jesus ended the 2021-22 campaign with 13 goals and 12 assists to his name from 41 games in all competitions and won his fourth Premier League trophy after providing 17 direct contributions in 28 top-flight games.