Arsenal ‘have made a £42.5MILLION offer for Gabriel Jesus’… but he ISN’T convinced by joining Mikel Arteta’s project – and Man City ‘want £51m’
- Arsenal target Gabriel Jesus is not interested in joining Mikel Arteta’s project
- Manchester City will only accept a bid of around ‘£51million’ for the Brazilian
- Real Madrid have now identified Jesus as a target after Kylian Mbappe rejection
- Jesus, under contract until 2023, would prefer to play in the Champions League
Arsenal have reportedly had a £42.5million opening bid for Manchester City’s Brazil star Gabriel Jesus rejected.
However City have made their position on Jesus very clear. They are prepared to sell him, but only for £51m, according to GOAL.com, and Arsenal have so far been unwilling to pay that.
Jesus is supposedly not interested in a switch to the Gunners after they failed to qualify for the Champions League this season, and European Champions Real Madrid are now rumoured to be interested after failing to land Kylian Mbappe.
Gabriel Jesus’ four-and-a-half-season stay at Manchester City looks to be coming to an end
His representatives were reportedly in London last week, but it is Madrid where the player is likely to get what he wants, and the Spanish giants interest has blossomed recently, having failed to land Mbappe from PSG.
Ancelotti himself is believed to have endorsed the move, believing Jesus can fulfil a similar role to the one the club had laid out for the French forward, but any move would likely see him play on the right of a front three rather than his favoured No 9 role.
Jesus current deal at the Etihad is up at the end of next season, and he is not thought to be interested in extending his stay in Manchester, having reportedly told Pep Guardiola he intends to leave this summer.
Mikel Arteta, who coached the striker for three seasons at City, has already had a bid rejected
The Brazilian has often been a victim of Guardiola’s ruthless rotation policy, and after Jack Grealish’s arrival from Aston Villa, as well as the emergence of Phil Foden, he has found his playing time somewhat limited.
Last season he did make 41 appearances, but only played 2,569 minutes which equates to just over 28 full games.
Compounded with the imminent arrival of Erling Haaland after his switch from Borussia Dortmund it appears the Brazilian’s time at City is fast approaching its end.
Carlo Ancelotti is interested in Jesus, but Karim Benzema has been unplayable for Real Madrid
Though he would assuredly get the game time that he would like at Arsenal, who will only have Eddie Nketiah and youngster Folarin Balogun as recognised strikers at the club, Jesus is deterred by the Gunners’ failure to qualify for the Champions League.
But although Real can offer this, they are still lead by Karim Benzema who has proven himself to be irreplaceable this season, despite the fact he will turn 35 in December.
So if Arsenal and Real Madrid are set to battle it out for Jesus this summer then, he is presented with two options: assured playing time in the Europa League, or another season or so potentially sat on the bench in the Champions League.
The Brazilian has won 11 titles at City, scoring 95 goals in 236 appearances along the way