Arsenal and Tottenham could face a considerable transfer battle to secure a deal for Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus this summer, with the player’s agent claiming that a total of seven clubs are trying to sign him.
The Brazilian is widely expected to leave the Premier League champions in the coming months, with early agreements for Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland and River Plate’s Julian Alvarez adding to an already congested roster of attacking options at the Etihad.
Arsenal have been heavily linked with a swoop for the 25-year-old, and are currently runaway leaders to secure his signature in the eyes of bookmakers.
A fresh report from The Telegraph, however, suggests that bitter rivals Tottenham are also eager to pursue a deal for Jesus, with Antonio Conte’s men willing to battle the Gunners to snap him up this summer.
But competition to sign the South American could come from much further afield than the relatively narrow confines of north London, according to the player’s representative, Marcelo Pettinati.
What has Pettinati said about Jesus’ potential transfer?
As far as Arsenal are concerned, Pettinati’s comments hint at both positive and negative news.
On the one hand, the agent is open about recent discussions between the Gunners and Jesus, even going as far as to suggest the striker is an admirer of Mikel Arteta’s ongoing rebuild at the Emirates.
Earlier this month, he told the Guardian: “We had talks with Arsenal about Gabriel Jesus.
“We like the project - it’s a possibility we’re discussing.”
On the other hand, however, Pettinati also reiterated the number of potential suitors Jesus may have to choose between this summer, adding: “There are six more clubs interested in Gabriel.
“He’s focused on the final games with Man City; we’ll see.”
Whether Tottenham were one of the “six more clubs” Pettinati was referring to at the time is unspecified.