In a significant development, the Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus is set to join Arsenal from Manchester City after agreeing on personal terms on a five-year deal. Renowned sports journalist Fabrizio Romano has confirmed the development and stated that the move will cost roughly £45million, with personal terms fully agreed to.
As per the journalists, the highly-anticipated deal came to its conclusion. Edu, Arsenal’s technical director and head coach Mikel Arteta was a key factor in Jesus accepting the offer to move to the Emirates Stadium. Reports have claimed that the Gunners have been engaging in talks with City for weeks over the Brazil international, who Mikel Arteta identified as his priority target to bolster his striking options this summer.
Earlier speaking about the importance of a striker, Arteta said, “He is the one who puts the ball in the net. That’s priority number one. A goal threat. Any successful team needs to have as many as goal threats in the squad.” He further stated that one can play quality football and save the game with the help of defenders and goal-keepers, but to win a game every team needs a quality striker.
Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal, here we go! Personal terms fully agreed with his agent Marcelo Pettinati and his two partners. Gabriel signs until 2027, it’s 100% done. ?⚪️? #AFC
Arsenal already agreed £45m fee with Man City as revealed on Friday.
Edu & Arteta, key for the deal. pic.twitter.com/06dTVNNLmM
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 26, 2022
Reports also claimed that the arrival of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund at City would limit Jesus’ chances of playing as a central striker next season, and thus he was seen fit to look elsewhere after spending five-and-half seasons in Manchester, having joined the club from Palmeiras in 2017.
He arrived as a teenager and went on to win four Premier League titles at the Etihad Stadium, as well as three League Cups and one FA Cup. The striker has scored 58 goals and delivered 29 assists in the league since joining Manchester City in 2016-17. After the signings of Marquinhos, Matt Turner and Fábio Vieira, Jesus, who has 56 caps for Brazil will be Arsenal’s fourth signing of the summer.