Why would Gabriel Jesus want to leave Manchester City?
David James, a former Manchester City and Liverpool goalkeeper, is baffled as to why Gabriel Jesus is considering a summer move to Arsenal.
As previously reported, the Gunners are interested in two centre-forwards, with football.london understanding Manchester City striker Jesus and Roma attacker Tammy Abraham among the names on the shortlist. Jesus, in particular, has expressed an interest in leaving the current Premier League champions, with his agent apparently holding conversations with Edu in recent months.
Arsenal first inquired about Jesus in November, and Edu maintained a tight relationship with both the player's agent and the City forward himself. Tottenham are rumoured to be interested, but the Gunners are regarded to have the upper hand in that specific battle, despite Spurs qualifying for the Champions League ahead of Mikel Arteta's side.
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Despite City's agreement to sign Erling Haaland, James does not believe departing the Premier League Champions is a wise decision for the Brazilian.
"If you look at the appearances of Man City players this season, Bernardo Silva and Rodri have both played more than 30 Premier League games, while the rest of the attacking line-up has only played around 25 games, so they aren't playing every week," he says "He revealed this to Genting Casino.
"Pep's rotation strategy paid off, as they won the Premier League once more. I suppose Haaland would fit into that mould, though he won't be available for every game. Also, given his ailments, it's unclear whether he'll be physically capable of playing all of the games.
"However, if Jesus stays at Manchester City, he will have a shared role." Because this isn't a situation where you buy a player and use him all the time, there's still place for Jesus, and why would he want to leave? Would he risk everything by transferring to Arsenal, who aren't even in the Champions League, or would he want to stay at Man City and try to win the Holy Grail, which is the Champions League?"
Arsenal icon Paul Merson shares this viewpoint. Speaking before Haaland signed for The Cityzens, the Englishman couldn't get his head around why Jesus would want to leave.
"Gabriel Jesus should stay at Manchester City. There’s speculation about his future and people think he’s unhappy he doesn’t play enough – but he’s started 17 Premier League games this season,’ Merson told the Daily Star. "I think that’s a lot. He’s played 36 times for City this season. And started a lot of big, big games. Where is he going to go where he can do any better than that?
"Even if City sign Erling Haaland, he shouldn’t leave. No way. This is a team that is going to go deep in four competitions every year and he will always get games. Pep Guardiola trusts him. He misses a lot of chances but you can play him anywhere in the forward line and he always keeps trying to get in there. He still has a big role to play this season. I don’t think Haaland would play a huge amount more than that if he goes there."
A player of Jesus' quality and experience would be a major coup for the Gunners as they continue their rebuild at the Emirates. It's now up to Edu and co to negotiate a move.
Erik ten Hag excited for Donny van de Beek reunion New Manchester United manager, Erik ten Hag, is looking forward to working with former Ajax player Donny van de Beek when he returns from his loan spell at Everton
Manchester United's Ten Hag is looking forward to seeing Van de Beek again. When former Ajax player Donny van de Beek returns from his loan spell at Everton, new Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is excited to work with him.
At the time, Ajax had a terrific squad."
Van de Beek was a crucial member of Ten Hag's Ajax team that won the Eredivisie title and advanced to the Champions League semi-finals in the 2018/19 season before joining United in 2020.
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Kagawa Shinji Van Persie, Robin Zaha, Wilfried Powell, Nick But that was not the case, with Van de Beek unable to establish himself as a regular and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sticking to a similar lineup week after week.
For Manchester United fans, this may feel like a fresh signing under Ten Hag's direction, an intriguing possibility that they will no doubt embrace.
Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Brenden Aaronson set to join Leeds United
According to transfer source Dean Jones, incoming Leeds man Brenden Aaronson is "extremely vital" to Jesse Marsch's plans at Elland Road.
The Yorkshire giants have been after the Salzburg ace since January and are about to make him their first summer acquisition.
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Leeds had bids of £15 million and £20 million rejected in January, and are now poised to pay around £28 million to Salzburg.
It's easy to see why Leeds are so interested in getting Aaronson to Elland Road.
Bayern Munich interested in Sadio Mane
#Mané: He can definitely see himself joining #FCBayern this summer!
Talks with the athlete and his management are progressing.
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Manchester United transfer target Serge Gnabry ready to leave Bayern Munich According to the German news outlet Sport1 (h/t The Sun), Manchester United transfer target Serge Gnabry is willing to leave Bayern Munich to return to the Premier League in
Serge Gnabry, a Manchester United transfer target, is set to leave Bayern Munich. Serge Gnabry, a Manchester United transfer target, is eager to leave Bayern Munich and come to the Premier League in the future, according to German news outlet Sport1 (h/t The Sun).
After rejecting a new contract from Bayern Munchen, Gnabry is set to enter the final year of his present contract.
The latter recently missed out on Kylian Mbappe and could decide to go for Gnabry, who is open to offers from the Spanish club.
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Heung Min Son not being linked away more?
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According to Sky Sports writer Michael Bridge, Tottenham forward Heung Min Son's lack of transfer speculation is "surprising."
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"Do you know what, I heard the same thing this week and that got me thinking," he told GIVEMESPORT.
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