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Man City: Journalist offers update on Gabriel Jesus’ future

Journalist Dean Jones has provided an update on the future of Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus amid reported interest from Premier League rivals Arsenal.

What’s the word?

Speaking to GiveMeSport, the respected insider suggested that a transfer is not a certainty for the Brazilian this summer, despite the recent speculation linking him with a move to the Emirates Stadium.

The Athletic’s David Ornstein revealed last week that the Gunners are “exploring the possibility” of prising the 25-year-old from the Etihad Stadium in the upcoming transfer window, while football.london suggested that both the £45m-rated marksman and AS Roma’s Tammy Abraham are on the north Londoners’ striker shortlist.

However, Jones has now raised hopes that the former Palmeiras man may still be lining up for the reigning Premier League champions next term, as he revealed that the player may still have a “future” under Pep Guardiola.

He told GiveMeSport: “It’s true that dialogue is open, but nothing is going to progress quickly with Arsenal. There’s a feeling among people around the club that he has a future at the club – he’s only 25 and is often used in big games.”

Huge boost for Guardiola

The £91k-per-week star has at times become something of a forgotten figure amid all the star-studded attacking talent at Guardiola’s disposal, although the former Barcelona manager will surely be delighted that the striker could still be on City’s books next summer.

Doubts had been cast over the 54-cap international’s future owing to the persistent links between City and Borussia Dortmund’s prolific marksman Erling Haaland, although on recent evidence Jesus has shown he still has a part to play at the club, even if the towering Norwegian is signed this summer.

Almost as if he had been awoken by reports of a potential reunion with former City assistant Mikel Arteta at Arsenal, the 5 foot 9 hotshot has been in blistering form in recent games. He thumped in a brilliant four-goal haul in the 5-1 thrashing of Watford last weekend, following that up with another early strike in the thrilling 4-3 win over Real Madrid in midweek.

While his five goals across those two outings have stolen the headlines, team-mate Bernardo Silva insisted that the forward is much more than simply just a goalscorer, saying: “He is a great player and he deserves the best for the way he trains and plays for the team. With his talent, his attitude to helping the team is admirable. He is one of our most important players.”

Despite making just 17 Premier League starts this season, the Sao Paulo-born star has still chipped in with an impressive tally of seven goals and eight assists thus far, while his total record for the club now stands at 94 goals and 46 assists in 231 games in all competitions since his £27m arrival back in 2016.

A reported fee of around £35m could see him depart after six hugely successful years for the Cityzens, but Jesus – who has been dubbed a “superstar” by BT Sport pundit Steve McManaman – still appears to have a role to play at his current home, which would surely be music to Guardiola’s ears given how well the 25-year-old has been performing.

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