Gabriel Jesus’ rumoured move from Manchester City to Arsenal ‘could be a done deal’, according to Noel Whelan.
The Lowdown: Jesus linked with Arsenal
As per Football Insider, Mikel Arteta’s side are looking to sign a powerful centre-forward aged 25 and under. As a result, numerous reports linking the Man City striker with a move to the Gunners have arisen.
The Latest: Whelan’s claim on Jesus transfer
Whelan, who used to feature as a pundit for BBC Radio Leeds, has said that Jesus’ rumoured move from the Etihad Stadium to Arsenal could already be more or less done.
Speaking with Football Insider, the ex-Leeds striker claimed: “I think a deal is going to be done. £42million is not a bad offer from Arsenal. That’s really showing their intent.
“They need to get two strikers, if not three. Two for sure.
“He definitely fits the bill of how Arteta wants to play. His work rate is phenomenal, he’s proven that he can score goals when he’s inside the 18-yard box.
“I think he will complement the way they play. I think that deal could be a done deal, along with maybe Calvert-Lewin as well from Everton.”
The Verdict: Big loss to City
Despite being unable to secure himself as a guaranteed starter in Pep Guardiola’s starting XI, Jesus has proven to be an valuable attacking option at City. In 235 appearances for club, the 25-year-old has scored 95 goals and provided 46 assists, a fine return.
Ranking in the 97th percentile among positional peers in Europe’s top five leagues for pass completion rate and for touches in the attacking penalty area (via FBRef), it is thus easy to see how his goal threat is so high.
Sky Blues star Bernardo Silva has hailed Jesus as a “fantastic” striker and also called him “one of our most important players.”
Therefore, if Whelan is accurate with saying that the deal with Arsenal could already be ‘done’, the Brazilian’s departure from the Etihad would come as a big loss to the Premier League champions.
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