City ace Jesus set to decide on move

Arsenal’s first bid rejected, say reports, as club also eye Gianluca Scamacca

Thursday, 9th June — By Steve Barnett

Arsenal

ARSENAL are expected to be one of the biggest spenders this summer, so eager fans might be concerned that so far the club’s coffers remain untouched.

The Gunners’ top target is a new striker, and this week there were reports that they have seen an opening bid of £42.5million for Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus rejected.

It’s believed that City want over £50m for the Brazilian – and the fear now is that in trying to haggle down the asking price Arsenal have given Spanish giants Real Madrid all the time they needed to enter the race.

Jesus scored in Brazil’s 5-1 victory over South Korea on Thursday, and featured again for his national side on Monday in a 1-0 win over Japan.

Remaining coy on his future, the 25-year-old – who netted 13 goals and 12 assists across all competitions for City last season – said he would now make up his mind while on holiday. He added: “I’ve never been one to throw myself into a project without knowing [about] it. And that’s what I’m going to do. Now I’m focused on the national team, but, as of Tuesday, I start thinking about my future.”

Tottenham and Chelsea are also reportedly interested in signing Jesus, and the English clubs could have been given a key advantage.

According to Spanish newspaper Marca, La Liga regulations could prevent Real Madrid from landing Jesus as it states that only three non-European players can be registered for the competition – a quota that Carlo Ancelotti’s side have already filled.

Meanwhile, Arsenal do seemingly have another striker in mind, in the shape of Sassuolo’s Gianluca Scamacca.

Towering in at 6ft 5in, Scamacca has emerged as a surprise target for the Gunners and would certainly offer manager Mikel Arteta more physicality up front.

The 23-year-old enjoyed an eye-catching season in Serie A last term, scoring 12 goals in 29 appearances for the Black and Greens.

Also boasting a £50m price tag, Arsenal supporters would no doubt love to see Scamacca brought in to play alongside – rather than instead of – Jesus next season.

Revealing that interest in the striker is growing, Sassuolo CEO Giovanni Carnevali told Sky Sports Italia this week: “There have been some contacts with some clubs for Scamacca and others.

“Our desire is to keep most players in the team, and there is nothing concrete for now.”

• IT might feel like the season ended five minutes ago, but the Premier League are set to announce the fixtures for the upcoming 2022/23 season next Thursday, June 16, at 9am.

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