With only one year left on his contract at the Etihad, Gabriel Jesus has emerged as a target for Arsenal.
Gabriel Jesus’ agent, Marcelo Pettinati, has confirmed a summer move to Arsenal is a ‘possibility’ for the Manchester City striker.
The 25-year-old’s contract at the Etihad ends in June 2023 and he has refused to sign an extension. The summer arrival of Erling Haaland may increase the likelihood of an exit. The Borussia Dortmund forward will likely lead Pep Guardiola’s frontline next season. This may leave Jesus on the fringes.
Now his agent has confirmed reports they’ve held talks with Arsenal about a transfer and added that six other clubs are keen as well.
“We had talks with Arsenal about Gabriel Jesus,” Pettinati told Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.
“We like the project – it’s a possibility we’re discussing. There are six more clubs interested in Gabriel. He’s focused on the final games with Man City, we’ll see.”
Exclusive. Gabriel Jesus agent Marcelo Pettinati tells me: “We had talks with Arsenal about Gabriel Jesus, we like the project – it’s a possibility we’re discussing”. 🚨🇧🇷 #AFC
“There are 6 more clubs interested in Gabriel – he’s focused on final games with Man City, we’ll see”. pic.twitter.com/kEHF2LqAdC
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 11, 2022
Arteta remains silent
Jesus has managed 95 goals and 46 assists in 234 appearances for Man City after joining the club in a €32 million deal from Palmeiras in January 2017.
The Brazil international worked with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta during the Spaniard’s spell as Man City boss Pep Guardiola’s assistant.
It’s no secret a new striker will be high on the list of Arteta’s summer priorities, as Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah’s contracts will end in June. He has, however, refused to discuss any interest in Jesus so far.
“You know that I don’t talk about any players that are not with us,” the Gunners boss told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday.
For now, Jesus’ focus will be on Man City’s trip to Wolves on Wednesday. The Premier League leaders hope to extend their three-point lead over Liverpool in the standings. They’re big favorites for victory at odds of 1.28 at the time of writing. This implies they have a 78% of all three points.