Arsenal are in the market to bring a striker to the Emirates Stadium this summer and a fresh development in their pursuit has now emerged.
A big update on Arsenal’s transfer movements this summer was issued by Fabrizio Romano on his YouTube channel this afternoon where he dropped the latest on the club’s chase of Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus.
He said: “Gabriel Jesus, remember the name because we had many rumours about Real Madrid and I’m told that’s true that Madrid had contact with his agents but it was weeks ago and not now, it’s not something advanced. They’ve had conversations but it’s not something advanced between Man City and Real Madrid.
“The feeling around sources is that Gabriel Jesus will play in the Premier League next season. He will leave Manchester City and the decision has been made. He is ready to go this summer.
“But now the race is open. Arsenal have been interested in him for a long time. He is a priority target but not the only club. It’s still an open deal. Arsenal are pushing and pushing with the Brazilian director Edu who has a good connection with Gabriel hoping to reach an agreement.”
Given how abundantly clear it is that Arsenal need to sign a striker this summer, supporters at the Emirates are sure to love that Jesus is a priority target during the window.
The Gunners said farewell to Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang back in January and it was a decision that ultimately came back to bite them.
Mikel Arteta’s men struggled for goals and as a result, missed out on a spot in next season’s Champions League by finishing fifth.
Alexandre Lacazette will leave the club at the end of his contract this month but his goal tally throughout 2021/22 was dismal. The Frenchman found the net on just six occasions, with only one strike coming in his last 16 Premier League outings.
As for Eddie Nketiah, he also found goals hard to come by until he got a chance at the end of the campaign, notching five in seven games.
The academy graduate looks set to pen a new deal but he cannot be relied upon over the course of an entire season to be their main centre-forward.
That might not be a mind-blowing goal tally but it’s important to factor in the fact that he only started 28 games during the entire campaign.
Thus, with more chance of attaining a regular place in the starting XI at Arsenal, those numbers would surely only increase.
Whether or not he can hold the burden of being the club’s main man remains to be seen, but it would be an exciting signing for supporters no doubt.