Tottenham have entered the race to sign Gabriel Jesus and Arsenal cannot afford to let the Manchester City striker slip through the net if they are to complete a successful transfer window
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Arsenal have already made a strong start to the summer transfer window with two signings, but their good work so far will mean little if they don’t deliver on the most important part of their big plan.
It came on Friday Notice out postage to which Fabio Vieira would switch arsenal in a deal worth £38million. The 22-year-old midfielder will then become the club’s second summer signing Brazilian striker Marquinhos . These two signings are both welcome, but they can really be described as “luxury signings” as they fail to address the major existing weakness.
Vieira is a young and talented attacking midfielder who was signed mainly because he was available at a reasonable price. He joins a position where Mikel Arteta already has Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe to call on.
Marquinhos is a 19-year-old winger who cost just £3million. He is a highly rated youngster who is the definition of someone for the future. Arsenal will have to play the long game with him – much like they did when they signed fellow countryman Gabriel Martinelli as an 18-year-old in July 2019.
Both players are welcome additions, but neither ticks the box that every Arsenal fan wants ticked: centre-forward. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s departure in January and the upcoming one Exit by Alexandre Lacazette leaves Arsenal with a gaping hole at the head of their team.
Yes, Eddie Nketiahs new long-term contract is a positive move but he simply cannot be included as a first-choice centre-forward next season if Arsenal are expected to push for a Champions League return. Of course, the Gunners hierarchy is aware of this and has been planning their course of action for months. Now it’s time to deliver it.
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That means landing priority target Gabriel Jesus. Arsenal have turned down an opening offer of around £30m from Manchester City but are said he was confident he could sign the 25-year-old, who has one year left on his contract and knows Arteta from his time at the club. City are holding closer to £50m for the striker, who has scored 95 goals in 236 appearances for the club.
That’s a proud asking price for a player entering the last 12 months of his contract, but shows his strong bargaining power. City have already signed Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez for next season so can afford to play hard for Jesus and Raheem Sterling. who is Chelsea’s top target .
Reports over the past few days suggest Arsenal aren’t putting all their eggs in the Jesus basket. Her longtime admiration because Tammy Abraham has resurfaced lately, as has interest in Alvaro Morata was revived in the Italian media with his loan spell at Juventus coming to an end.
With so many factors at play, it makes sense to hedge your bets in the transfer market, but Arsenal have plenty of reasons to push hard for Jesus in the week ahead. Abraham is not a realistic target as he only arrived at Roma last year and has enjoyed a brilliant debut season, scoring 27 goals, while Morata has already flopped at Chelsea in the Premier League.
In contrast, Jesus seems a perfect match for Arsenal. He’s young so has plenty of room for improvement, is positionally versatile and already has some serious Premier League pedigree. The fact that he already knows Arteta and is looking for a club where he can be the top dog is an added bonus.
There is a new problem for Arsenal. As the Mirror reported on Sunday, Tottenham have entered the race for the Brazilian international. Antonio Conte may not be able to offer Jesus the status of number one forward with Harry Kane at the club, but he can offer Champions League football.
Man City’s £50m valuation may seem high, but it seems Arsenal can’t afford to haggle the price down much longer. The Gunners were snubbed by Dusan Vlahovic in January and suffered the consequences. They should stand up for Jesus now, before Spurs get a foothold in negotiations.