Chelsea’s Premier League rivals Arsenal look set to attempt to sign Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus this summer. The Gunners have long been on the lookout for a forward, with a move for the Brazilian potentially having huge impacts on the Blues’ own search for attacking options.
According to The Athletic, the Gunners are exploring the option of signing Jesus this summer, with Mikel Arteta keen to add to his attacking options amid the expected departures of Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah. Whilst the move does not directly involve Chelsea in any sense, a confirmed move could potentially have a huge impact on the Blues’ summer business.
With Jesus potentially on the way to the Emirates Stadium, that would leave the current Premier League champions without a recognised striker in their squad. That might not be the case for too long, with Pep Guardiola’s men having been strongly linked with a switch for Borussia Dortmund sensation and reported Chelsea target Erling Haaland.
With Jesus sold, the Citizens might be expected to pursue the Norwegian hitman more intently – a move that could see Chelsea left frustrated in their attempts to bring him to Stamford Bridge at some point in the future. Whilst a move for Haaland might be unlikely should Jesus end up in north London, Arsenal’s decision could potentially hand them a major boost to their hopes of signing a talented alternative.
Chelsea have already been mentioned as one of the clubs currently leading the race for Benfica forward Darwin Nunez. Arsenal have of course also been credited with an interest in the Uruguayan striker in the past.
With the Gunners potentially making a move for Jesus though, it remains to be seen whether they will continue Nunez any further – particularly as competition intensifies for the 21-year-old. Of course, the Gunners could well choose to attempt to sign both especially with their forward options set to decrease further in the summer.
If not though, the Blues could certainly take advantage and will be keeping a close eye on the market over the next few months to see if Arsenal can sign Jesus as already suggested.