'The situation now': Journalist shares Gabriel Jesus update which will be music to Arsenal's ears
Arsenal have been heavily linked with Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus in recent weeks.
The Gunners are desperate to bring a new striker to the Emirates Stadium ahead of next season.
Meanwhile, Jesus will likely slip further down the pecking order when Erling Haaland joins the club.
And the Brazil international apparently ticks all of Arsenal’s boxes.
While there has been plenty of speculation on the matter, there doesn’t seem to have been a breakthrough yet.
“Well within Arsenal’s ballpark”
However, journalist Ben Jacobs has provided an update which will be music to the Gunners’ ears.
Namely, that City’s stance on the financial aspects of the Jesus deal has “softened”.
Jacobs claims that the Citizens initially wanted around £55million, which Arsenal weren’t keen on paying.
However, he says Jesus’ club will now accept a lower amount, which is good news for the Emirates Stadium outfit.
“Jesus is an interesting one,” Jacobs said on The Football Terrace.
“And I think Manchester City have, by all accounts, softened a little bit on the lowest valuation they’re prepared to sell for.
“When we first spoke about this, I think the fee was £55million in City’s head, something in that ballpark.
“Arsenal definitely thought that was around £10million too high.
“The situation now is that Manchester City will accept an offer, and they’re quite prepared to let Jesus leave… the value of the deal has dropped by around £10-12million.
“So that’s well within Arsenal’s ballpark, and I think now, City will let Jesus go for somewhere in the low £40million.”
Jacobs did, however, warn that, as a price tag falls, the interest in the player from suitors increases.
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