Journalist Ben Jacobs has claimed that Arsenal transfer target Gabriel Jesus will be moving to London this summer while speaking on The Done Deal Show.
It appears clear that Jesus has a desire to seek pastures new this summer despite thriving and becoming a key part at Manchester City during the second half of last season, with Arsenal heavily linked with the attacker.
Meanwhile, north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea are also said to be interested.
Arsenal will have a big pull on Jesus compared to Spurs, though, as they can show he will be the No 1 striker at the club this season, with no senior strikers currently on the books for the new campaign as Eddie Nketiah’s expected deal awaits confirmation, whereas at Spurs, he’d be behind Harry Kane and at Stamford Bridge, it’s unclear what will happen with Romelu Lukaku just yet.
Jacobs is not sure where Jesus will end up, but claims he will certainly be moving to London.
He said: “Manchester City will not tell us what number Erling Haaland is going to wear, and Erling Haaland will wear number nine at Manchester City – and who is the current number nine at Manchester City? Gabriel Jesus.
“So it is obvious, and has been long before Haaland arrived, that Jesus will leave Manchester City and has a desire to stay in the Premier League, and any talk for example of Real Madrid coming in and hijacking the deal is untrue.
“He will move to the Premier League, and he will move to London, and the two primary candidates are Chelsea and Arsenal. There is some interest from Tottenham, but I don’t actually think that Jesus will be sold on a Tottenham move.”
This news from Jacobs will be an interesting one for Arsenal fans to digest, as on one hand he has almost ruled out a move to their north London rivals and all but confirmed he’ll be relocating to the capital, however, they now have competition from a different Champions League club in Chelsea.
That said, the main thing Mikel Arteta and Arsenal can use to convince Jesus that a move to the Emirates Stadium is the one for him is that he will get guaranteed game time with no other strikers currently at the club until Nketiah officially signs on, but even then, Jesus is far more established than the young England ace in the Premier League with 48 more goals.