Arsenal look set to land Gabriel Jesus in a deal worth around £50m after Tottenham pulled out of the race.
Manchester City striker Jesus is looking for a new challenge this summer, with the north London rivals both entering talks to sign him, and Chelsea also expressing interest. But Jesus prefers a switch to the Emirates – and Spurs have now cleared the way for the Gunners to land him by backing away from a bid.
Brazil star Jesus won the Premier League title last season but rarely started in his preferred role up front and is eager for more regular first-team football. The 25-year-old is also keen to link up again with Mikel Arteta, who coached him at City, and is impressed by Arsenal's ambition.
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He was also offered to the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona but wants to stay in the Premier League. Jesus has scored 95 goals in 236 appearances for City, winning eight major trophies, but faces falling further down the pecking order with the arrival of Erling Haaland.
Signing him would be a massive boost to Arteta, who needs a striker after waving goodbye to Alexandre Lacazette. Eddie Nketiah is currently the only other recognised centre forward on the books at Arsenal – and admits he would relish the challenge if the Gunners sign Jesus.
Nketiah said: "Every team needs a squad to compete. The club is always looking for ways to strengthen. They have extended my deal and they have done that for a reason. Whoever comes in, you relish the challenge. You make them feel welcome, and then you fight and compete."
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