Report: PL rivals now agree deal for 25-year-old star linked with Chelsea, they're his preferred pick

Arsenal have reportedly agreed a deal to sign Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus, who’s been linked strongly as a Chelsea target in this summer transfer window.

According to Sky Sports, Arsenal have now agreed a deal in principle for the 25-year-old attacker.

It is understood the Gunners need to sort out a medical and personal terms before finalising the transfer for a fee of around £45million.

The report explains a move to the Emirates Stadium has been the Man City forward’s preferred choice this summer, which will give him the chance to reunite with manager Mikel Arteta.

Reports earlier this month indicated Chelsea entered talks in an attempt to sign Jesus. It looks like the Blues have fallen short in this particular transfer race, though.

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Arsenal agreed Gabriel Jesus deal

It looks like Chelsea’s Premier League and London rivals are about to complete a very shrewd piece of business.

Jesus, who can play as a central striker or on the wing, is a four-time Premier League winner.

He’s scored 95 goals in 236 appearances for Man City without ever really being the talisman in attack, but you’d suspect he can nail down a permanent starting XI position at Arsenal.

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Chelsea can look elsewhere

Despite the fact Chelsea look set to lose the race for Jesus, they’re still linked with numerous attackers in this window.

For example, Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele is reportedly of the “highest priority” for the Blues to try sign.

Thomas Tuchel’s side are reportedly getting “serious” about a move for Leeds United attacker Raphinha, too.

It seems obvious that Chelsea are trying to reinforce their attacking options ahead of next season, something that seems a no-brainer given the inconsistency from the forwards in recent years.

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