Report: Arsenal could get discount on 'incredible' striker this summer, Thierry Henry loves him
Arsenal have been heavily linked with Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus in recent weeks.
Now, with the Citizens seemingly set to sign Erling Haaland, it increases the Gunners’ chances of landing Jesus.
Arsenal are in need of bolstering their attacking ranks come the end of the season.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s January departure left Mikel Arteta with just two senior strikers.
In addition, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are out of contract in the summer.
It remains to be seen whether Arteta will offer them new deals, and whether they’ll accept.
However, it looks as though Arsenal are making good progress towards signing Jesus.
David Ornstein recently said on The Athletic that the Gunners have all-but agreed personal terms with him.
Now, Brazilian outlet UOL has provided an update on how much Arsenal might have to pay for Jesus.
It’s claimed City will set their stall out over a €60m (£51.2m) price tag.
However, they may be willing to go as low as €50m (£42.7m) depending how negotiations with Arsenal go.
The outlet reaffirms Jesus is a ‘strong target’ for Arsenal and talks between all camps are said to be ‘ongoing’.
The 25-year-old’s contract expires in 2023, so this is the last chance City have of getting a decent sum for him.
If they leave it until next year, he could leave for very little in January, or for nothing in the summer.
“That nine instinct”
Jesus is a world-class forward in the peak of his career and has considerable Premier League experience.
The Brazil international – who Pep Guardiola has deemed “incredible” – is also versatile.
He can play at centre-forward as well as on the flanks, something which would suit Arsenal well.
Gunners legend Thierry Henry recently sung Jesus’ praises.
‘What he can give offensively to the team,’ the Highbury icon said on CBS Sports, via Metro.
“We saw that he scored four goals at the weekend [against Watford].
“When he is in the box, he’s one of the three that is playing, or since [Sergio] Aguero left, he has that nine instinct.
“He has what the number nine would smell.
“What I like with him is that when he puts pressure, whether it’s on the left, on the right or in the middle, he doesn’t have a problem to defend in them situations by coming back and helping his team.”
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