The agents of Arsenal target Gabriel Jesus are travelling to England in a bid to wrap up his transfer from Manchester City.
The Premier League champions want £50m for Jesus as they look to recoup cash to offset their spending on Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips and Marc Cucurella of Brighton.
Jesus has spent the last five years at the Etihad Stadium, but looks set to leave this summer after opting against extending his contract, which is due to expire next year.
Gabriel Jesus’ agents are working hard to secure the forward a move away from Man City
Mikel Arteta is very keen to bring the Brazilian striker to Arsenal this summer
Arsenal’s initial offer of £35m plus add-ons was rebuffed last week, but a further bid could now follow, with Jesus’ representatives arriving in the UK.
The Gunners have also held positive discussions over Leeds United winger Raphinha with his agent Deco as his preferred club, Barcelona, are struggling to come up with his £60m price-tag.
Raphinha finished last season as Leeds’ top scorer in all competitions with 11 goals, and he looks set to leave Elland Road in the current transfer window.
Arsenal are also progressing well in their bid to sign Leeds winger Raphinha
Arsenal defender Omar Rekik, meanwhile, has joined Sparta Rotterdam on a season loan.
The 20-year-old moved to the north London outfit in January 2021, but is yet to make a senior appearance for Mikel Arteta’s side.
He featured regularly for the club’s under-23s last term, and has now been loaned out to gain experience in the Eredivisie ahead of potentially playing at the World Cup later this year for Tunisia.
The Gunners have decided to loan promising defender Omar Rekik to Sparta Rotterdam