Speaking on The Football Terrace, CBS Sports’ Ben Jacobs reported on Wednesday that Arsenal have finally verbally agreed a fee with Manchester City for Gabriel Jesus.
It’s now highly likely that a move will be completed in the next seven to 10 days, with personal terms that should see the striker earn around £220,000 per week.
That would make Jesus one of Arsenal’s very top earners, if not the top earner.
The Gunners obviously have the capacity for a deal like that after removing the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from this summer’s wage bill.
Given Jesus is 25 and a five-year deal would take him into his thirties, as a top Premier League striker, it’s also not a surprising figure in today’s game.
Reaching a verbal agreement feels like a significant step, but Arsenal need to get the terms agreed on paper now, before finalising everything with a medical and so on.
Jesus’ representatives flew to England over the last few days to push a deal through, and it seems that’s helped to move things along.
The player himself is currently on holiday with his partner and their new baby in Portugal, after he featured on international duty with Brazil earlier this month.
So even once everything is finalised on paper between the two clubs, we’ll need to wait for Jesus’ break to end before we actually see him in an Arsenal shirt.
The deal certainly looks like it’s going to go ahead now, the fans just need to be patient.