Spurs ‘in discussions’ over transfer raid for £50m-rated international ace eager to move this summer

Fabrizio Romano has had his say on a recent rumour regarding Tottenham Hotspur’s striker pursuit.

Journalist Fabrizio Romano given his say transfer rumours link Tottenham Hotspur with a Premier League striker.

Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus, who is though to be valued at around £50m, is the subject of a lot of interest this summer, with Arsenal thought to be the hot favourites to sign him.

As well as reported interest from Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, TuttoJuve had recently claimed that Antonio Conte’s side had tabled a £40.2 million bid to sign the Brazilian.

Romano revealed that while Spurs have been in contact with Jesus’ agent over a potential move, they are yet to make a bid and their North London rivals remain in pole position.

Speaking to Chris Cowlin, Romano said: “At the moment, there is no bid to Manchester City but there is contact between the agents of Gabriel Jesus and Tottenham.

“Let me just say that Arsenal have been leading the race for a long time because of the Brazilian connections with director Edu Gaspar who is working on [a transfer]. Arsenal are really interested in Jesus.

“For Tottenham, they are discussing with his agent, they had conversations with his agent. So for Gabriel it is a possibility, but it is important for the player to understand what the plan will be.

“He is leaving Manchester City this summer, but he wants to play. He wants to be a key player at the next club he will join.”

While Arsenal failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League, it is no doubt that Jesus would play a starting role for them given Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s departures this year.

Meanwhile, Harry Kane has been the main man up top for Spurs for the last eight seasons and his goal tally and superb partnership with Heung-min Son makes it very likely that Jesus would play backup to the England international.

The 25-year-old failed to establish a regular starting position for Man City, previously struggling in battles against the likes of Sergio Aguero, Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez.

However, he has still been able to display his brilliant goalscoring talent during his time in the Premier League, scoring 58 goals in 159 appearances.