As per Goal Brazil, the Gunners have made a £43m bid to prise the 25-year-old from the Etihad, with the 54-cap international seemingly edging closer towards the exit door following the recent confirmation that fellow striker Erling Haaland will be joining the league leaders this summer from Borussia Dortmund.
The report suggests that negotiations are ‘close to an end’ with a deal likely to take place once the season is finished, with Pep Guardiola’s side still in the hunt to secure a fourth Premier League title in five seasons.
Rumours regarding a switch to north London for the Brazilian gem originally emerged late last month, with his current teammate Raheem Sterling having also been heavily linked with a reunion with former City assistant, Mikel Arteta.
News that the top-four chasing outfit are nearing a deal for the £45m-rated dynamo will come as a welcome boost for those at the Emirates, with the club currently in desperate need of attacking reinforcements.
Despite his recent heroics – including a brace last time out against Leeds United – academy graduate Eddie Nketiah faces an uncertain future at the club with his current deal set to expire in the coming months, while colleague Alexandre Lacazette is also nearing a departure on a free transfer.
With former skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang having also departed for Barcelona in January, a new centre-forward addition is seemingly of paramount importance, with Jesus set to offer undoubted, all-round quality that Arteta’s side have been sorely lacking.
The £91k-per-week sensation – who has been dubbed a “superstar” by pundit Steve McManaman – has struggled for regular game time this term, making just 19 top-flight starts thus far, although has still chipped in with eight goals and nine assists in the league to date.
His total tally in all competitions also stands at 13 goals and 12 assists, ensuring he has more goal involvements than any Gunners star so far this season – with Bukayo Saka leading the way at present with 18 goals and assists.
That haul also illustrates he is both a goal-getter and a provider, while he is also unafraid to do the dirty work when leading the line, with teammate Bernardo Silva recently lavishing him with praise for his impressive work ethic.
Having previously had to rely on the much-criticised Aubameyang – who was labelled “lazy” by club legend Martin Keown – it will be a welcome sight for those of an Arsenal persuasion to see Jesus working tirelessly in the forward line.
Sporting director Edu Gaspar must simply get the deal, with the player the answer to the club’s prayers.