'Arsenal are leading': Romano says 'exceptional' player closer to Gunners move, despite holding Tottenham talks
Arsenal and Tottenham have both had contacts with the agents of Gabriel Jesus, but it is the Gunners who are leading the chase, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The Brazilian striker is set to leave Manchester City this summer and wants to move to a club where he will be the main man in attack, following Erling Haaland’s arrival at The Etihad.
Of course, it’s widely known that Arsenal have been chasing the ‘exceptional‘ Jesus for some time now. Further, it was claimed just this weekend that the Gunners were prepared to offer Jesus a huge £80k-a-week contract increase to tempt him to The Emirates.
And according to Fabrizio Romano, it is indeed Arsenal who lead the charge to sign Jesus, despite contact from Tottenham.
“At the moment there is no bid but there is contracts between Gabriel Jesus and Tottenham. Let me say that Arsenal are leading the race for him for a long time because of the Brazilian connection and Edu Gaspar, who is working since a long time, so Arsenal are really interested in Gabriel,” Romano said on the Chris Cowlin YouTube show.
“For Tottenham they are discussing with his agent. They’ve had conversations with his agent, so for the moment, it’s a possibility. But he wants to play, he wants to be a key player. This is why at the moment it’s important for Gabriel to understand ‘what is the plan?’.”
TBR’s View: Gabriel Jesus Would Be Main Man At Arsenal And Not Tottenham
The issue for Jesus in joining Tottenham is the same one many strikers will have, and that’s that Harry Kane is always going to be the main man up top.
For the Brazilian, that will weigh on his mind. He’s done so well with Man City but clearly wants to go and show he can be the top dog elsewhere. At Arsenal, he’d be just that, playing as a number nine for Mikel Arteta’s outfit.