John Barnes has urged Gabriel Jesus to join Arsenal over Tottenham, insisting that the Gunners are more in need of a centre-forward.
Spurs are expected to be in the market for a striker this summer to supplement Harry Kane (The Mirror).
According to Football.London’s Alasdair Gold, Jesus is one of the names on Tottenham’s radar, along with the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Victor Osimhen, Alexander Isak, Darwin Nunez and Patrick Schick.
The Telegraph report that Conte informed Fabio Paratici in the pair’s meeting last Friday that he wants to sign a versatile forward who is capable of operating in the wide areas.
The report added that while Jesus fits the mould, Spurs are facing competition from their North London rivals for the City star’s services.
Jesus’s agent has admitted that half a dozen clubs have expressed interest in his client this summer and revealed that he has already held talks with the Gunners (Guardian).
Barnes believes the 25-year-old is more likely to get game time at the Emirates than he is at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The former Liverpool winger told BonusCodeBets (as relayed by The Metro): “From a club perspective, Arsenal are more in need of a centre forward than Spurs when you look at the fact that they still have Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
“But this is modern football; in the old days if a club wanted you, you’d move there, there wasn’t an auction like it is today with other clubs. A player went to the club that came in for them, without a deal being highjacked.
“From Jesus’s point of view, he also has to ask himself with Kane and Son if he’d be playing regularly in the same position, which he won’t. Arsenal need Jesus more and he’ll be better suited there.”
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Jesus certainly fits the bill for what we need, given his experience in the Premier League and his ability to play across the front three. However, if the Brazilian wants to play through the middle as an out-and-out centre-forward, he is likely to prefer a move to Arsenal rather than Spurs.
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