ARSENAL are ready to offer Gabriel Jesus almost £200,000 a week to try and tempt him to join.
The Brazilian striker is currently on international duty but Manchester City bosses plan to speak to his representatives over the next few days.
Arsenal have never made a secret of their interest in Jesus, 25, and have already held a series of talks with his agent Marcelo Pettinati.
And even though the Gunners missed out on Champions League football on the final day, the City striker is still interested in a possible move to the Emirates.
Jesus is also on clubs’ radar in Spain and Italy, but Arsenal are reportedly offering better terms, worth a base £190,000-a-week plus bonuses.
It would be a major boost to his £110,000 salary at City, and he also had a fruitful relationship with Mikel Arteta when the Arsenal boss was Pep Guardiola’s assistant.
Jesus has won nine major trophies since joining City from Palmeiras for £28m in 2017 but knows Erling Haaland’s arrival will likely limit him to even fewer starts next season.
He has just 12 months left on his contract and Guardiola remains a big fan – but also won’t stand in his way if the Brazilian insists he wants to leave.
Still, City will demand around £50million before talking business – the same amount Newcastle have to pay if they want to bring Nathan Ake into the summer revolution at St James’s Park.
Toon boss Eddie Howe has made a second inquiry into Ake, after Manchester City dismissed him when he first asked in January.
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Still, although Pep Guardiola doesn’t want to lose the centre-back, City won’t stand in his way if he decides to move, given that it will mean regular first-team football.
The Dutch defender obviously knows Howe well, having spent four years under him at Bournemouth, before joining the Etihad for £40million in 2020.
Although Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte and John Stones are ahead of him in the pecking order, City would still like a boost from the money they paid two years ago.
But at least his £80,000-a-week wage won’t be a problem for Newcastle, although maintaining his steady stream of winners’ medals – two titles and a League Cup so far – may. be.