As per Goal‘s Charles Watts, the Gunners are said to be ‘firmly in the hunt’ to land the Brazil international, with talks now said to be at a ‘critical stage’ as the north London side seek to prise the 25-year-old from the Etihad.
The report suggests that ‘there is hope’ on all sides that an agreement can be struck swiftly, with City believed to value the former Palmeiras man – who they signed on a £27m deal in 2016 – at around £50m.
The report goes on to add that the player’s representatives are on their way to England in order to try and speed up negotiations, albeit with rivals Tottenham Hotspur also believed to be keeping an eye on potential developments.
Much to the delight of the club’s supporters, it would appear that the Emirates outfit are moving ever closer to securing the signing of the £91k-per-week marksman, with the player’s potential arrival set to represent a major coup for manager Mikel Arteta.
The Spaniard had coached the £45m-rated speedster during his spell working under compatriot Pep Guardiola at City, with the hope being that he can draw on that connection in order to tempt the forward into leaving the Premier League champions.
With the arrivals of Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez adding even further competition to Guardiola’s squad, it would appear that the serial-winning coach is willing to sanction Jesus’ departure, with the player having just a year remaining on his existing deal.
Their loss will undoubtedly be Arsenal’s gain, however, with the versatile ace having proven himself a lethal attacking presence since joining his current side five years ago, going on to score 95 goals and provide 46 assists in 236 games in all competitions.
Despite somewhat falling out favour in the most recent campaign – making just 21 Premier League starts – the 5 foot 9 star still recorded an impressive haul of eight goals and eight assists in the top-flight, with only Bukayo Saka having provided more goal contributions among the Gunners squad.
With Alexandre Lacazette having returned to Lyon, Jesus will seemingly be the ideal fit to lead the line moving forward, while his flexibility to feature on either flank will also make him an invaluable asset.
Such quality additions with Premier League experience don’t come available too often, with supporters undoubtedly thrilled that they may be able to poach such an impressive talent from one of their ‘Big Six’ rivals.
Equally, any move will prove a real statement of intent after the disappointment of last season’s top-four failure, with Arteta and co seemingly set to invest heavily again in an attempt to end their lengthy Champions League absence.