Arsenal are in the market for a new striker this summer, and it looks as though they could end up eventually signing Gabriel Jesus.
Indeed, the Gunners have been linked with the Brazilian for quite some time now. Edu has apparently been in discussions with his agents for months, and according to David Ornstein, a move is very possible.
“Arsenal have pretty much got him at the top of their list right now for the striking position,” Ornstein recently told Sky Sports about Arsenal and Jesus.
“We don’t know if City will let him go, but with one year to go and no obvious sign of contracts talks, it seems that a deal is very possible. There will be other suitors for him as well.”
Of course, as Ornstein says, we don’t know whether or not City will let Jesus go this summer, and if they are to sell the Brazilian, he won’t be moving for a small fee.
It’s been reported that City want at least £40m for Jesus, and a report from CIES has backed up that valuation.
Indeed, according to The Football Observatory, Jesus is one of the most valuable players on the planet right now, with their methodology leading them to believe that the Brazilian is worth €56m (£48m).
To give that valuation some context, the player just below Jesus on CIES’s list is none other than the Premier League’s top goalscorer Mohamed Salah.
Do we agree that Jesus is a more valuable player than Salah? Well, we can’t quite buy into that due to the sheer quality the Egyptian possesses, but given that Jesus is a number of years younger than the Liverpool star, we can understand why CIES have concluded that he could be worth more on the market.
Regardless of whether or not you think Jesus should cost more than Salah, this report shows that Arsenal will have to cough up a fair bit of cash to land the Brazilian this summer, and at that sort of price point, there may well be better options out there.