Pep has all but confirmed Gabriel Jesus will be leaving Manchester City in the summer after he urged City’s fans to give the Brazilian striker a standing ovation during their emphatic 5-0 win over Newcastle on Sunday.
Pep Guardiola insists on a standing ovation for Gabriel Jesus as he is replaced by Phil Foden and Manchester City's fans oblige.
— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) May 8, 2022
Jesus was expected to become Manchester City’s main man after club legend Sergio Aguero left the club last summer, but instead, the 25-year-old has been a peripheral figure this year.
He has struggled to guarantee his starting shirt at Etihad under Pep Guardiola and with both Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez coming in the summer, Jesus could decide to seek regular football elsewhere.
The Brazil international is a target for Mikel Arteta, who is an admirer of the striker ever since working with him at the Etihad as Guardiola’s assistant with Arsenal are keen to sign Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City in the summer.
David Ornstein speaking on Gabriel Jesus last week, he said: “Manchester City have got a bit of an issue there because they’re trying to bring in Erling Haaland and they’ve got Julian Alvarez too coming from River by the looks of it.”
“So there’s a very good chance Gabriel Jesus will leave. He’s out of contract in 2023”
According to The Metro, City want around £40m for Jesus and they are keen to recoup the cash they plan to spend on Haaland.
Arsenal are ready to sign Gabriel Jesus in the summer but Arsenal’s hopes could hinge on whether the club qualify for the Champions League, as he wants to play Champions League football next season.
Arsenal face Tottenham in winner-takes-all clash on Thursday as a win is enough to guarantee Arsenal’s place in the Champions League next season.