Glen Johnson believes Arsenal’s chances of signing Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus took a huge blow after the Gunners failed to qualify for the Champions League.
Even before the end of last season, Jesus was linked with a move from the Etihad to the Emirates, with the attacker no longer in Pep Guardiola’s plans thanks to the arrival of star striker Erling Haaland.
A deal for the Brazilian won’t be easy, though, as Arsenal are reportedly unwilling to meet City’s £50m valuation for the player, but former Chelsea and Liverpool defender Johnson thinks there is another pressing issue that the will disrupt the proposed transfer.
‘I think he will’ [Jesus] Definitely think twice about that move after Arsenal failed to secure Champions League football,” he said BettingOdds.com.
“I can see that he is definitely a much better fit for Arsenal. After being successful at Manchester City, you want to compete in the top tournaments and fight for trophies.
“I don’t think they’ll be too far off by next year, but it will definitely mess with how he thinks.”
Arsenal have been led to a top-four finish by arch-rivals Tottenham and as such have lost some appeal in the transfer market, which could affect their search for Jesus, especially as the 26-year-old is also associated with Chelsea and Real Madrid who can offer both Champions League football.
Mikel Arteta is in desperate need of new strikers, with Eddie Nketiah the only natural number 9 left at the club, and even he has yet to officially renew his contract with the Gunners.
Jesus, who has scored 95 goals and provided 46 assists in 236 appearances for the Citizens, would be ideal, but Arsenal have also been linked with many other options, including Everton’s Richarlison, Roma’s Tammy Abraham and RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku.
The club also recently rejected a £51 million offer for striker Victor Osimhen by Napoli.
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