Arsenal ‘baulk’ at price of Napoli forward, now turn ‘all their attention’ to Manchester City star

Dan Butterfield
Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus

Arsenal have reportedly turned all their attention to signing Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus and learning the fee Napoli want for Victor Osimhen.

The Gunners have been linked with a number of forwards already this summer including the likes of Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Lille’s Jonathan David and Alexander Isak of Real Sociedad.

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Napoli’s Nigerian attacker Osimhen was also reportedly top of their list after an impressive season in Serie A that saw him score 18 times.

However, the Daily Express are now reporting that Arsenal have ‘baulked’ at the £85m fee that the Italian club are expecting.

They will now turn all of their attention to attempting to lure Brazilian international Jesus to north-London this summer.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta worked with the forward when he was assistant to Pep Guardiola at the Premier League champions and could look to reunite with him at the Emirates.

Jesus could also see him playing time in Manchester reduce next season with the summer signings of Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez set to add more competition.

The likes of Jack Grealish, Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden are already at the club meaning Jesus could find himself on the periphery next year.

He is also out-of-contract at the end of the next season and City could look to cash in on him this summer rather than lose him on a free in a years time.

Arsenal’s desperate need for a striker was added to on Friday with the news that Alexandre Lacazette will depart the club this summer.

“I’m looking forward to a new experience and a new adventure,” Lacazette said.

“I want to keep all the good moments I had in the club, because for me it was just a pleasure to play for a club that, since I was young, I dreamt of.

“I’m really happy to have played for five years for Arsenal.

“I’ll keep in contact with my teammates, with the coaches, with the club.

“I supported Arsenal since I was young, so obviously I’m going to keep supporting them. I know I will come back to the stadium as well.

“Like we say, ‘Once a Gunner, always a Gunner’”.