Tottenham Hotspur will not make a late move for Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus, amid interest from Arsenal, according to Football.London.
Jesus played a bit-part role for Pep Guardiola’s side last season, making only 21 Premier League starts, with the remainder coming from the bench. However, when called upon, he delivered with eight goals and nine assists (transfermarkt).
ESPN reported last month that the arrival of Erling Haaland at the Etihad this summer has paved the way for Jesus to depart Manchester in the search of a regular starting role.
Transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano has earlier this week claimed on Twitter that Arsenal are leading the race for the 25-year-old’s signature, with talks at an advanced stag, while Spurs and PSG were said to be monitoring the situation.
Football.London claim that as things stand, Spurs will make no attempt to hijack this deal in the coming days since the Lilywhites have other transfer priorities in their sights.
There have also been strong links to Brazilian duo Raphinha (Guardian) and Richarlison (Mirror). With Premier League experience, the aforementioned duo can both operate fluidly across Conte’s front three, providing cover for Harry Kane.
Another name mentioned by Football.London is Lautaro Martinez. Inter Milan’s Argentine forward is held in high regard by both Conte and Fabio Paratici, however, a deal for the 24-year-old would be difficult to complete this summer considering he only signed a new contract last October.
In all honesty, I think that Jesus would be a great addition to Antonio Conte’s team. He is Premier League proven, can play anywhere across the front line and has an impressive goal-scoring record.
However, it makes more sense for him to go to Arsenal if being a regular starter is his priority. With Harry Kane showing no signs of slowing down at Spurs, Jesus’ minutes would likely be similar to what he was being given in Manchester.