Arsenal are keen to build their attack around Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus, with the Gunners reportedly in the lead to sign him.
And it’s a deal that excites Invincibles legend Ray Parlor, who insists the Brazilian can ‘lead the line every week’ alongside Mikel Areta.
Arsenal have been heavily linked with Jesus and are keen to get their man through ahead of pre-season.
According to The Athletic, he is the North London club’s No.1 target, but the sticking point appears to be the fee, with an agreement between the clubs yet to be agreed for the player.
City are said to have an asking price of £50million, which so far the Gunners have apparently been unwilling to match.
Arsenal have already seen an initial bid of £35m for Jesus knocked down by last season’s Premier League champions.
Personal terms would not be an issue, and Jesus is keen to move to north London as he seeks regular playing time, and it is said Jesus’ representatives have recently traveled to the capital to get the job done. OK.
Arsenal have managed to link Eddie Nketiah with a new long-term contact, but Arteta wants to further strengthen his forward line.
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The club remain tentative to bring in another striker, having lost Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette to Barcelona and Lyon on free transfers, respectively.
A move to the Emirates for Jesus would undoubtedly boost his chances of a place in Brazil’s World Cup squad, with the tournament kicking off in five months.
Arsenal legend Parlor is a huge fan of the Man City star, saying he would be a superb signing for his former club, and believes the Gunners have the edge over their rivals in the deal.
“I would be delighted if Arsenal had Gabriel Jesus, he would be a great signing,” Parlor told talkSPORT Breakfast.
“I know Chelsea are also interested, but what happens to Arsenal in this situation is Mikel Arteta.
“Arteta will get to know him a bit better and Jesus might think: ‘I get on very well with him, he’s the manager of Arsenal, I’ll take a chance and go for it’.
“But he would be a fantastic signing, he would lead the line every week.”
Man City moved quickly to secure the services of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund this summer, and also brought in Julian Alvarez from River Plate – suggesting Jesus’ playing time at the Etihad will be limited next season.
Jesus, having netted 13 times in all competitions last campaign, would be a shrewd deal from Arteta.
Reuniting with the Spaniard, who was previously assistant manager to Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium, could see the star unleash his attacking talents further and could well write himself into Arsenal folklore.
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