MANCHESTER CITY striker Gabriel Jesus has reportedly all-but agreed personal terms with Arsenal following months of talks with technical director Edu.
The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move for the 25-year-old over the past week as Mikel Arteta looks to bolster his attack.
Jesus responded to the rumours by becoming the first Brazilian to score FOUR Premier League goals in a single match after starring in Saturday’s 5-1 win against Watford.
Following his dazzling display, the Citizens ace then refused to rule out departing the Etihad to further fuel speculation over his future.
It is understood that the ex-Palmeiras ace will leave City in the summer with his game time to be limited further next season.
Borussia Dortmund marksman Erling Haaland is believed to have agreed a £500,000-a-week deal to join City.
And this would see Jesus, who is tied down at the club until 2023, be given fewer chances to lead line having only started 17 times in the top-flight this term.
Jesus is known to boast good relations with Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, with the pair working together for almost three years at City when the Spaniard was Pep Guardiola’s No2.
In a boost for the Gunners, The Athletic’s David Ornstein has declared that the player is open to making a summer switch to the Emirates.
He has stated that Jesus’ representatives and Edu have been speaking for a number of months, with Arsenal just now needing to negotiate a fee with City.
Speaking on The Athletic Football Podcast, Ornstein said: “Arsenal have been fans of him for a while.
“Mikel Arteta knows him well from working at City, Edu knows him well because he is also Brazilian of course.
“Edu is close to the representatives of Gabriel Jesus from the time that Edu spent working at Corinthians and of course the Brazil national team.
“I understand that they have been talking for a number of months about this possibility, to the extent that that part of negotiations, from what I hear, is pretty much done and dusted.
“But there has been no contact – to my knowledge so far – between the clubs.
“So that’s obviously a significant step that would need to be taken, but the early indications are that this is a move that Gabriel Jesus would be open to.”