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Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus edging closer to Arsenal move

  Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus is reportedly set to leave the club this summer, with plenty of clubs interested, primarily Arsenal.
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Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus is reportedly set to leave the club this summer, with plenty of clubs interested, primarily Arsenal.

The Brazilian put on a show in City's 5-1 win over Watford on Saturday, being involved in all of the goals as he scored four and got the assist for Rodri's goal as well.

This performance comes off the back of multiple reports linking Gabriel Jesus with a possible move away from City this summer, the latest coming from top journalist Nicolo Schira.

He claimed via Twitter that the Brazilian is Arsenal's 'main target' as a new striker, with there already being a meeting between his agent Simões and Arsenal sporing director Edu.

With his contract at City set to expire in 2023, and the Premier League holders being poised to bring in Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, and with Julian Alvarez also arriving, it might be the perfect time for the Brazilian to leave the club.

Other reports have also indicated that Arsenal are progressing in talks for him very well, with Raza Rehman reporting that personal talks between Gabriel Jesus and Arsenal are 'advanced', with agent fees and bonuses being discussed.

He also claimed that there are currently no talks with City, who are willing to sell him and negotiate a reasonable fee.

Juventus have also submitted an initial enquiry to City for the 25-year-old according to Rehman, being one of their targets for the summer.

Despite reports, Pep Guardiola has reasserted that the Brazilian is still their player, but he also claimed "I don't know what is going to happen - but he is a Man City player".

Jesus has been in and out of the side this season, and with him being the only natural forward at the club, it has been quite a surprise that he has started just 22 of his 35 appearances this season, yet he has still managed to rack up an impressive 11 goals and 12 assists.

Arsenal have numerous problems up front, with both Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette set to leave the club due to their contracts expiring at the end of the season, leaving Folarin Balogun as the only other natural striker at the club, someone who barely has any experience playing in the top flight.

Lacazette in particular has been in talks with 'a lot of clubs', wanting to play regular UEFA Champions League football, something that is not guaranteed at Arsenal.

A move for Gabriel Jesus seems very possible, and given he has a point to prove playing regularly, it might be the ideal move for him, especially in a Mikel Arteta side that has been quite fluent in attack, only needing a striker to finish off their chances.

However, it also remains to be seen whether the Gunners will get into the Champions League, and if they don't whether Gabriel Jesus will want to drop down to UEFA Europa League football just for more minutes.


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