Tottenham are looking to disrupt Arsenal’s plans for bringing in Gabriel Jesus.
The Gunners have been heavily linked with the attacker for some time but now their closest and fiercest rivals look to be stepping in. With the arrival of Erling Haaland at Manchester City, Jesus is essentially surplus to requirements and so will likely leave this window.
The Brazilian player, who netted 13 goals in 37 appearances last campaign, will leave the club, with it first thought that Arsenal will be the direction he heads to.
But now, according to transfer expert Gianluca DiMarzio, it’s Antonio Conte’s men who are in the race for the attacker as well. The Lilywhites will find it hard, though – as the Gunners are looking to pull out all of the stops to try and convince the forward to join up and bolster their front line.
Mikel Arteta has known Jesus since he coached the star in east Manchester and now sees him as a viable option to join him at north London. And Jesus is not the only face they are trying to bring in. They are looking to splash the cash with a £70million spending spree this week and Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez is also another name that they have at the top of their list.
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The Gunners had made an initial £35m bid for Jesus but it was rebuffed. They remain hopeful they can find an agreement with the northwest side for him, though.
Meanwhile, Martinez, who was Ajax’s player of the year, is reportedly keen on a switch, according to the Daily Mail. But the Dutch giants will demand around £30m for the Argentinian defender.
It comes as, after securing his future with a long-term deal, some Gunners fans raged that Eddie Nketiah would be getting the number 14. After commentators complained he would be getting Thierry Henry’s former shirt, Ian Wright said: “You can never call yourself an Arsenal fan with negativity of this nature. Would you say this to Eddie’s face? If not, shut up.”
Nketiah said upon getting the contract: “I really like 14, you can all guess why — Thierry Henry was my favourite player growing up, my idol.”
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