Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus is set to leave the club this summer with a transfer to Arsenal reportedly in its final stages, according to Fabrizio Romano. The Brazilian international is set to swap Manchester for London this summer on a massive deal worth a reported £45 million ($55 million).
Arsenal and Manchester City have reached full verbal agreement today for Gabriel Jesus. Deal in place after new meeting – been told guaranteed fee is £45m. 🚨🇧🇷 #AFC
Arsenal are now working on personal terms with Gabriel’s camp – final step to get the deal completed very soon. pic.twitter.com/sNcy4TuTks
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 24, 2022
Jesus struggled for playing time last season under Pep Guardiola and the arrival of Erling Haaland at the Etihad all but guaranteed that he was out of Guardiola’s plans in 2022-23. With the likes of Riyad Mahrez, Haaland, Phil Foden, and Bernardo Silva all ahead of him in the pecking order in terms of attacking options, Jesus’ exit from the club was only a matter of time.
The move to Arsenal makes a ton of sense, as the Gunners had a clear need for a fresh face at striker. Following the departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Barcelona in January and Alexandre Lacazette leaving on free to rejoin Olympique Lyonnais, Arsenal’s most experienced striker is Eddie Nketiah. Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka figure to retake their usual positions on the wings, and now Jesus will bring his pace and flair to the striker position for the foreseeable future.
Last year at Manchester City, Jesus made 21 starts and 28 appearances in the Premier League. He scored 8 goals and added 8 assists, in what was a productive campaign despite his limited playing opportunities. Now he’ll hope to see an increased role at Arsenal and help bring the Gunners back to the Champions League after the club finished fifth in the Premier League this year. He’ll reunite with Mikel Arteta who was an assistant coach at Manchester City during Jesus’ earlier years at the club.