Arsenal idol suggests real reason for hold-up in Gabriel Jesus deal as terms agreed
Kevin Campbell has insisted there will have to be “give and take” as Arsenal continue to negotiate with Man City for the transfer of striker Gabriel Jesus.
The former Gunners hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 25-year-old’s contract situation means it is “worth trying to save some money” for Mikel Arteta’s side.
An Arsenal source told this site last week (5 June) that Jesus has agreed terms of a lucrative long-term contract at the Emirates Stadium as the two clubs continue to negotiate a transfer fee.
The London Evening Standard updated on 11 June, claiming Real Madrid, Tottenham, and Chelsea are all interested as Man City continue to demand a £50million fee for the forward.
Jesus, who notched 13 goals and 12 assists in the 2021-22 campaign, is out of contract in June 2023.
Campbell insisted he has “no doubts” about Arsenal eventually wrapping up a deal for the Brazil international.
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“I think it’s worth trying to save some money if you’re Arsenal,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.
“He’s only got a year left on the contract. I understand Man City are going to want to get as much as they can – but it’s only a year.
“There’s going to have to be some give and take. It sounds like Jesus wants to come to Arsenal – he wants to play under Arteta.
“It’s something they will thrash out. I’ve got no doubts about that.
“I think Arteta will get his man and Jesus will become an Arsenal player.”
The Gunners will play Europa League football in the 2022-23 season.
They have lost Alexandre Lacazette to Lyon after he departed the club on a free transfer.