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Manchester City’s stellar attacking force could be set for an overhaul this summer, as the arrival of both Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez could signal a couple of key departures from the Etihad club’s forward ranks.
One of the many names mentioned for a move away from the Premier League winners is Gabriel Jesus, whose potential move to league rivals Arsenal is beginning to take shape.
The 25-year-old is said to be keen on a move away from Manchester City in search of more consistent playing time after finding himself on the bench for large spells in recent seasons.
Despite boasting a fantastic goal-to-minutes ratio at the club, the forward has seen his role as a starter in Pep Guardiola’s side diminish since the arrival of Riyad Mahrez in 2019, and Jack Grealish in 2021.
To compound his motivation, Gabriel Jesus will be looking to play as much football as possible in the upcoming domestic season to ensure he receives a call up from Brazil manager Tite ahead of the Qatar World Cup, which is only a mere six months away.
According to a new report from GOAL’s Charles Watts, Arsenal remain in pole position to sign Gabriel Jesus this summer.
As per the report, the Manchester City forward's representatives are now travelling to England to ensure the transfer is completed in the coming days.
As for The Gunners, they will ‘cool’ their current efforts to bring in Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans.
This is reportedly in an effort to focus on wrapping up the signing of their main target this summer, which is the aforementioned Manchester City man.
Recent reports have suggested that Arsenal have already submitted a bid for the Brazilian international, but the offer fell well short of Manchester City’s stubborn asking price of £50 million.
However, as Jesus heads into the final twelve months of his current City contract, the club’s leverage in negotiations could be damaged as they look to maximise their profits knowing the forward could leave the club for free next summer.
Sterling is also entering the final 12 months of his Manchester City deal, and is commanding interest from a number of teams, predominantly in England.
Some reports in recent days have indicated that Sterling will also be heading to London next season, with Chelsea rumoured to be keen on swooping in for the England international.
However, their early valuation of just £35 million for the winger is said to be nearly 50% less than what Manchester City will demand to part ways with the 27-year-old in the coming months.
In recent years, Sterling has also attracted interest from the continent.
The former Liverpool man has never made a secret of his desire to one day ply his trade for one of Europe's premier teams, with a Spanish stint often mooted during previous transfer windows.
However, moves to either of Real Madrid and Barcelona look unlikely at present, especially given the latter's dire financial state, which has been widely publicised.
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