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'It's gone quite far’: Edu is now deep in negotiations to sign 'great' player for Arsenal, Ornstein says

Negotiations between Edu and the representatives of Gabriel Jesus over a move to Arsenal are advanced, says David Ornstein.

Journalist Ornstein, who is generally on the pulse when it comes to goings on at the Emirates Stadium, gave an update on the situation on Sky Sports News.

Jesus has been linked with a move to Arsenal in recent days, and his response has been scoring five goals in his last two matches.

Ornstein said that Jesus is open to swapping Manchester for north London but that no talks have happened between City and Arsenal, which of course is a significant step to take.

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“Manchester City have got a bit of an issue there because they’re trying to bring in Erling Haaland and they’ve got Julian Alvarez too coming from River by the looks of it. So there’s a very good chance Gabriel Jesus will leave,” he said.

“He’s out of contract in 2023. We’re not aware of any new contract talks being on the horizon and Arsenal are very interested. They have held talks through their technical director Edu, via Gabriel Jesus’s representatives, who they know very well from Edu’s time at Corinthians where he was technical director in Brazil.

“There are no talks yet to my knowledge between the clubs so that is a significant step which would still need to be taken. But the early indications are that Jesus would be open to making this move, in theory, so let’s see what happens. We know Arsenal need and intend to bolster their frontline.

“Jesus is someone who fits the bill. He can drop deep and pull wide and that is what Mikel Arteta is looking for in one of the potentially two forwards he recruits in the summer. It’s just one to keep an eye on. Nothing is advanced in terms of club to club but I think it’s gone quite far in terms of those talks between Edu and Jesus’s camp.”

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Of course, City could just turn around and say they are not selling Jesus, putting their foot down and rendering Edu’s work a touch futile.

Bernardo Silva paid tribute to Jesus after his goal in the 4-3 win over Real Madrid, calling him a ‘great‘ player, and perhaps that is part of a charm offensive to make him feel valued at City.

But if his contract is getting close to its final year, with no talks over an extension, one new striker signed and potentially another coming in as well, why would City block an exit for Jesus?

And it seems that Jesus is open to swapping a club fighting on all fronts for more games at a team trying to get to that level, which is positive for Arsenal.

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