Arsenal have verbally agreed a deal to secure services of Manchester City centre-forward Gabriel Jesus, according to journalist Ben Jacobs.
The South American forward has been at the top of the Gunners’ list to replace Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the former of whom the Gunners failed to replace in January.
Eddie Nketiah has committed himself to a new five-year deal after ending the 2021-22 campaign strongly, however, the Gunners have always been expected to secure the services of a big name in the final third this summer.
Jesus only has one year left to run on his Etihad deal, however, the Citizens have been driving a hard bargain for his services and are believed to be holding out for a £50m fee.
However, speaking to the Football Terrace, Jacobs believes that a verbal agreement is in place between the two teams, and Brazilian forward could be an Arsenal player by the end of the month.
“With Jesus, Arsenal remain the frontrunners and I think that signing is very likely,” Jacobs explained.
“Jesus, as I understand it from sources close to the player, is very much sold under the Arteta and Arsenal strategy, and by strategy I mean they’ve sold that move to him based upon a focal point in the team and that is in stark contrast to Manchester City, where he was rotated and his game time was limited.
“So that’s the selling point that Arsenal will give him regular game time. He’ll be the first name on the team sheet and the terms will probably see him earn around £220,000 a week.
“Manchester City essentially want £45m as a base fee, maybe a little bit extra if you count the add-ons that are likely to be guaranteed.
“I don’t think Arsenal have now got any problem negotiating a fee with Manchester City and I don’t think they’ve got too much of an issue finalising the bits and bobs in terms of the package with Jesus, talks are ongoing in that respect, it’s a big week as far as negotiations are concerned and Arsenal have no reason to believe they won’t get the deal done.
“I think that deal of Jesus to Arsenal is now highly, highly likely and will probably be completed over the next seven to ten days.”