Tottenham Hotspur have made their first move in a bid to bring Gabriel Jesus to north London this summer.
That’s according to a report by Italian media outlet Tutto Juve (via Sport Witness), who claim that Fabio Paratici has now tabled a €47m (£40m) bid with Manchester City regarding a deal for the centre-forward – who looks certain to depart The Etihad in the summer transfer window following Pep Guardiola’s signings of both Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez.
Previous reports had claimed that Arsenal are also interested in a move for the Brazil international this summer, with Mikel Arteta’s side believed to be willing to offer the 25-year-old a weekly wage of £190k at The Emirates, however, it would now appear as if Tottenham have taken the lead in the race for the former Palmeiras striker’s signature.
With it being reported that one of Antonio Conte’s priority signings in the summer transfer window is the addition of a new centre-forward who can also operate out wide, it is easy to see why the 52-year-old would be interested in a move for Jesus ahead of Tottenham’s 2022/23 campaign.
Indeed, over his 28 Premier League fixtures in 2021/22 – 13 of which came on either the left or right-wing – the £60m-rated forward was in fantastic form, bagging eight goals, providing eight assists and creating eight big chances for his teammates, in addition to taking an average of 2.3 shots, making 1.4 key passes and completing 1.6 dribbles per game.
These metrics saw the £110k-per-week talent who Jack Lang dubbed “stunning” and Nic English labelled “unreal” earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.18, ranking him as Guardiola’s ninth-best player in the top flight of English football.
Furthermore, the Brazilian’s overall record in English football speaks for itself, with Jesus having scored a total of 95 goals and registered 46 assists over his 236 appearances for City – averaging a direct goal involvement every 101 minutes of football played.
As such, it is clear to see just how talented a player the 25-year-old is, with the prospect of him linking up with Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Dejan Kulusevski in the Tottenham attack next season sure to be an extremely tantalising one for both Conte and the Spurs faithful alike.