Erling Haaland has reportedly opted to join Manchester City and the striker’s move could help Mikel Arteta in the summer
Erling Haaland looks the closest he has ever been to a move to the Premier League. Manchester City supporters woke up to dream transfer news this morning with reports suggesting the Norwegian had come to an agreement to join the league leaders this summer.
Arsenal supporters will be concerned at yet another world-beater arriving at the Premier League champions, meanwhile. The Gunners have been working to try and return the club to their title-challenging pedestal for many years and despite their good work, moves from rivals for players like Haaland only make the challenge that much more difficult.
However, there could yet be an opportunity for the Gunners as the transfer dominos present themselves.
Mikel Arteta’s previous work at Manchester City was lauded by a number of Blues players who worked with the Spaniard.
In particular, Arteta was praised for his work with the forward players. He was credited with helping to improve Raheem Sterling but Gabriel Jesus spoke in 2019 prior to the coach’s arrival at Arsenal.
“He’s helped a lot of players. When I want to do finishing after training, I tell him and he comes and helps me,” the Brazilian said.
“So, he is really fantastic for us. All the players know that — everyone knows that in the club. He is a fantastic guy and fantastic manager.”
According to the Daily Mail, Haaland has a deal in place at City and that would almost certainly end Jesus’ hopes of becoming the leading striker at the club. Our colleagues at the Manchester Evening News have also reported a ‘cautious optimism’ over signing the Norwegian sensation.
Pep Guardiola has used Jesus in a wide position instead of the orthodox central position to maintain the false nine structure with Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden often used in the middle.
football audit understands that Arsenal are planning to sign two forwards in the summer transfer window. Jesus would fit perfectly into the supportive striker role of the two contrasting players the club should be looking for.
Arsenal lack aerial threat and it is, therefore, unsurprising to see links to Bayer Leverkusen’s Patrik Schick. Jesus’ link-up, pressing energy and versatility would make him an excellent foil to the arrival of a player like the Czech Republic international.
With just one year left on Jesus’ contract and Argentinian striker Julian Alvarez also arriving in the summer, it would make sense for City to entertain offers for the Brazilian.
Transfer expert Dean Jones told Give Me Sport his understanding is that a decision will be made sooner rather than later on Jesus as well as Sterling.
“From what I have heard from people around (Manchester) City, one issue that is interesting centres around Jesus and Sterling contract talks,” said Jones.
“I think we are heading towards a time when a decision needs to be made over what is happening next with both players. And as is almost always the case with (Manchester) City, they will not force anyone to stay.”
Jesus would add plenty of quality and characteristics that Mikel Arteta is looking for and could be available for a reasonable fee. Arteta’s relationship with the player could also help facilitate any potential move.