Romano insists that Arsenal target is ‘100%’ on the move this summer

Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Gabriel Jesus will ‘100%’ leave Manchester City this summer, with Arsenal still retaining him as their main target at present.

The Brazilian international’s place at the Etihad has come into question despite an extremely strong run of form in recent months, with both Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez having joined to bring strong competition for the attacking role.

Jesus has since come in for interest from a number of clubs, but it is Mikel Arteta who is believed to be the focus of our attempts to land him having worked with him when coaching under Pep Guardiola previously, and he is widely reported to be our main target this summer.

Romano now claims that we will know more on whether a deal can be done in the coming hours, talks which could result in us furthering our interest in him or moving onto other alternatives.

“Gabriel Jesus is still the main target of Arsenal as of today,” Fabrizio told CaughtOffside readers in his exclusive column. “In the next few hours there will be new contacts to understand if they can reach an agreement or move to other targets. There is not only Arsenal on Gabriel, who will leave Man City at 100%. He’s a top player who wants to start matches, and it’s not too surprising to see him take his time over a decision on his future.

“In terms of alternatives, I’m aware there has been speculation about Arsenal being one of the clubs chasing a deal for Christopher Nkunku. I’ve always been adamant that RB Leipzig are determined not to sell, so it’s not an easy one for Arsenal.”

It sounds as though today could be a big day in regards to our transfer window, as we could well have to turn our attentions to other targets.

If we aren’t to sign Jesus, I think our best option would be to look abroad for our next striker, with Victor Osimhen one I would love to see don our famous red & white. He has the making of a top striker and one who is still relatively young with the scope to improve further.

Do you think our lack of CL football could have hampered our bid to land the City star?


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  1. I am worried about this Gabriel Jesus deal.

    It seems Man City is asking for 45 to 50m pounds for a player who has a year left on his contract. We should not pay over the odds.

    Also, can we look at other alternatives? Ivan Toney, Haller.

    1. With only a year left on his contract we should not pay any more than 30 mil. He is a good player but he isn’t their first choice now and to be realistic 20 mil would be nearer the mark. He most definitely isn’t a 50 mil player.

      1. Agreed. Anything over £30m is robbery for a sub player that’s only started 22 games under Pep. This is a joke of a buy if I’m honest, his finishing isn’t anything to shout about. He has the same strike rate as Benteke for gods sake and he’s our striker savour! Nope don’t see it, only as Pepes replacement but that in itself doesn’t excite me.

        Another £50m wasted like White last summer! Typical Edu & Mikel, Rookie mistakes.

        1. He isn’t my choice Sean but we are limited after failing to get CL football. I am worried, another good but not great player.

  2. Arsenal are not saying anything on targets or how much money we can spend. You never know we might have a large sum to work with considering we still have alot of places to be filled once players like Pepe, Leno, Lucas, Hector & AMN (possibly Xhaka) leave & get us some money in joining Matteo, Dino & Laca, the latter we get nothing for. At least some money.

    We have thought Teilimans was a target but then under the radar we surprisingly triggered Portos Fabio Vieria, who apparently has alot of big clubs looking at him also but he’s on his way to The Emirates tomorrow to sign. I don’t know too much about this player if I am honest aswell as Marquinho but we will see how they develop I guess.

    If we could sign Teilimans & Hickey along with Osimhen from Napoli then we may well have a decent squad heading Into the season. Would that be enough to carry us through?

  3. After six seasons playing in the premier league for the top team and surrounded with star players across the field, he has failed to score 15 goals in a season. This season Jesus scored just 8 goals in 29 premier league games,with 4 goals coming against relegated Norwich in one game. Not impressed. Excluding that game.,it would have been only 4 goals in 28 games. I would rather have Raphinha, who played in squad that faced relegation and scored 11 goals with 3 assists in 35 games. Arsenal don’t need a striker for his pressing. Arsenal needs a striker for scoring goals, at least 20 per season. Jesus wage demand and city asking price are too high. There are better options out there.

  4. We rather spend 100m on Nkoukou who can do two in one work and is a ready player who will not take long to adopt.

  5. If City is asking over the odds for Jesus, no point in pursuing him. Except that he has worked with Arteta, there is no other plus factor. I would rather if Arsenal signed Osimhen/DCL/Ivan Toni/Bamford, except that Bamford is more injury prone.

  6. not so excited about him either, worst case scenario if we do sign him as our CF is to bring back our old war horse Giroud as a back up, he does 65 min and Giroud does the rest

  7. Ivan Toney is going to be way cheaper and better.
    City want to recoup almost what they paid for Harland

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