Arsenal ‘cautiously optimistic’ over £50m Jesus deal as Chelsea turn to ‘real’ Man City target

Will Ford
Sterling Jesus Man City

Arsenal are ‘cautiously optimistic’ of completing the signing of Gabriel Jesus, with fellow suitors Chelsea more interested in his Manchester City teammate.

The Gunners have been linked with a move for Jesus for some time, with Sky Sports claiming they have been working on a deal for the last six months.


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Despite reports suggesting Jesus’ preference would be to move to a team playing Champions League football, he apparently indicated his desire to move to the Emirates at the start of June.

The ‘only hinderance so far has been the distance between the valuations of both clubs’ as Arsenal mooted £30m in initial talks, with City wanting £50m for a player yet to reach his peak years.

Arsenal are said to now be ‘drafting a a package closer to City’s expectation and are confident of tying up their priority target’ – they’re ‘cautiously optimistic’.

The report adds that despite interest from Chelsea, ‘Thomas Tuchel is keener on Raheem Sterling’ who is their ‘real target’ this summer.

Meanwhile, Porto have confirmed in a statement that Arsenal have completed the signing of midfielder Fabio Vieira.

There was little speculation over a potential move until yesterday when the news broke that the Portugal under-21 international would be having his medical today.

His agents tied up all the loose ends today and now Porto have announced that the transfer is complete with the Portuguese Primeira Liga club set to receive €35m up front with €5m in add-ons.

A statement from Porto read: “Deal complete for amount of €40m, and of these, €5m are dependent on achievement of sports objectives.”

Vieira won Player of the Tournament last year at the Under-21 European Championship and backed that up by contributing six goals and 14 assists in 27 appearances over the past season.

On Vieira’s arrival, former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere said: “I will be honest, I haven’t heard too much about him but I looked him up on YouTube when I saw the news break.

“He looks good. Everyone looks good on YouTube but he looks like he has got a bit about him. Six goals and 14 assists from midfield. That’s impressive.

“We all knew that Arsenal had to make some signings because they are in Europe. They need to get a bigger squad, so they are making moves, which is nice.”