Arsenal are reportedly prepared to offer Gabriel Jesus a significant wage increase to prise him away from Manchester City.
According to The Sun, Arsenal are ready to offer nearly £200,000 per week in wages to lure Gabriel Jesus away from Manchester city. The Gunners have been chasing the Brazilian for the last few weeks, and talks could accelerate once he returns to England.
Gabriel Jesus is currently with Brazil on international duty and may soon return to England for some time. He could then go on a holiday before coming back to prepare for the new season, which starts a bit early owing to the FIFA World Cup at the end of the year.
In between all this, Jesus could move clubs as his time at Manchester City could end. The signing of Erling Haaland and the imminent arrival of Julian Alvarez has put the Brazilian’s position in the team in jeopardy. Moreover, he would have left the club last summer had Harry Kane arrived from Tottenham.
With a year left on his contract, Manchester City are open to selling Jesus for the right offer, with Arsenal emerging as a strong contender for his signature. The Gunners have had multiple conversations regarding a transfer for the striker and have refused to match the asking price set by the Premier League champions.
But Arsenal are confident about signing Jesus and are reportedly willing to offer nearly £200,000 per week in wages. The package is significantly higher than the Brazilian’s current £110,000-a-week salary. And Arsenal are hoping to prise the striker away from Manchester City with such an offer.
Contrastingly, reports midway through May had suggested that Jesus had already agreed on a five-year contract with the Gunners. The latest development about Arsenal offering him wages close to £200,000 per week are somewhat confusing. In any case, the signals point to Arsenal working towards bringing the Manchester City forward to the Emirates.
Mikel Arteta knows Jesus quite well, having worked directly with the striker during his days at Manchester City. The Spaniard could be one of the reasons why the Brazilian is open to moving to Arsenal and might feel comfortable working together again.
The next few weeks could determine the outcome of this particular transfer story. Arsenal have already backed away from their chase of Victor Osimhen, citing the Napoli’s high asking price. Instead, they might put their entire focus on securing Jesus’s signature.