Arsenal finalize deal to sign Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus | Soccer

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Gabriel Jesus is close to a move to Arsenal. (Photo by Lynne Cameron – Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal are expecting to sign Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus in a deal just under the Brazilian’s £50million asking price.

The Gunners are now convinced they saw competition for Jesus from Real Madrid and Chelsea after he hinted he wants to work with Mikel Arteta again.

The Gunners have made signing a striker their top priority this summer following Alexandre Lacazette’s departure to Lyon.

City are reluctant to let Jesus go but Pep Guardiola understands his desire to play first-team football.

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City want £50m for Jesus but will accept slightly below their valuation (Photo by Tom Flathers/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

But the Premier League champions had been looking for £50m for the Brazil international The Times says Arsenal are now ready to bid just below that valuation and are striking a deal.

Jesus will become Arsenal’s first significant move of the summer and landing him would be a major coup given the competition for his signature.

Arsenal had feared their Champions League failure would derail a move for Jesus, but the striker has shown a desire to work with Arteta again after the Spaniard spent three years as Guardiola’s assistant at Etihad.

Jesus already wanted to leave the club this summer as he didn’t want to renew his contract, which expires in 2023.

But City’s deal for Erling Haaland convinced him his future lay elsewhere and Arsenal should benefit.

Once Jesus is through the door, Arsenal will look to strengthen in midfield with Leicester CIty’s Youri Tielemans a leading target.

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