Journalist claims Spurs-linked star is now ‘very close’ to joining Arsenal 

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Brazilian journalist Rodrigo Oliveira has claimed that Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus, who is thought to be on Tottenham’s radar, is now ‘very close’ to completing a move to Arsenal.

According to reports, Antonio Conte wants to add a versatile forward, who is capable of operating in the wide areas, to the Spurs squad this summer (The Telegraph).

Jesus is thought to be one of several names on Tottenham’s radar, along with the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Victor Osimhen, Alexander Isak, Darwin Nunez and Patrick Schick (Football.London’s Alasdair Gold).

Arsenal have also been credited with an interest in the Man City star, with the striker’s agent admitting to holding talks with the Gunners (Guardian).

Oliveira has now explained that Jesus desires to leave the Etihad but wants to remain in the Premier League. The journalist stated that Mikel Arteta’s men are at the front of the queue for the Brazilian and are prepared to pay €50-€60m (£42.7m-£51.2m) to land him.

Oliveira told Calciomercato.it: “Many top clubs are on Gabriel Jesus, but the one in pole position is Arsenal. The player wants to leave Manchester City. 

“Jesus is very close to signing with the Gunners, he is very suited to English football and wants to stay in England and Arsenal want to make a good offer, so Arsenal will probably take on Gabriel Jesus, who lost space with Brazil in the recent months.

“Many players have overtaken him in the hierarchy [national team], which is why he wants to stay in England. At the same time, Arsenal are ready to make a great offer, perhaps even for €50-60m and are in pole position.”

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It is not surprising that Jesus would prefer a move to Arsenal over Spurs, given that he would not be guaranteed regular game time at N17. Even if the Brazilian manages to force himself into Tottenham’s front three, he is not going to get to play through the middle. 

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