Arsenal have been tipped to secure a cut-price deal for Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus…
That is according to former Gunners striker Kevin Campbell, who notes that the Brazilian’s contract situation could open the door for his former side to get a great deal for the 25-year-old, who this week was reported to be the club’s number one target this summer by The Athletic journalists James McNicholas and David Ornstein.
And now Campbell believes that the North Londoners can secure a cut-price deal for the marksman, citing that he only has one year left on his contract at the Etihad Stadium so the Citizens may be keen to cash in when they can.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said on the Sao Paulo native’s £55m price tag:
“Manchester City can put whatever price on him they want.
“He is their player. That does not mean he is going to go for that though. I’m sure they are aiming high.
“But £55million for a player with 12 months left on his contract… We will see. There will no doubt be a negotiation.
“I’m not surprised that Gabriel Jesus is coveted. He is a really good player. He has just won another league title so he knows what it takes.
“I think £55million is a bit steep with one year left. We will see.”
Our thoughts on Campbell’s comments…
With a current market value of £45m according to Transfermarkt, Campbell is right to say that Arsenal should be hesitant to sign Jesus for £55m.
However, based on recent spending by the Gunners, such as their £50m move for Ben White from Brighton and Hove Albion last summer, they are clearly willing to spend big on players that will improve the side, which the Brazil international surely will.
With eight goals and eight assists to his name in the Premier League this season, and adding another title winners medal to his growing collection, the 5″7 goal machine is a proven winner and consistent goal scorer, something that Arteta has been crying out for since losing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Barcelona in January.
And while Campbell is correct in saying that there will be a negotiation on the price, £55m isn’t an unrealistic price tag for the Premier League outfit to be able to splash out on a top-quality striker such as Jesus, who could be a perfect addition to the Spaniard’s youthful and energetic attack.