Liverpool legend John Barnes believes Arsenal are likely to be a more attractive destination than Spurs for Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus.
The North London rivals are reportedly battling for the Brazilian international’s signature, but Barnes believes the Gunners have the edge as they can guarantee him first-team football:
“Gabriel Jesus could suit either Tottenham Hotspur or Arsenal. Both have good managers and are good clubs. From a club perspective, Arsenal are more in need of a centre-forward than Spurs when you look at the fact that they still have Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.”
“But this is modern football – in the old days if a club wanted you, you’d move there, there wasn’t an auction like it is today with other clubs. A player went to the club that came in for them, without a deal being hijacked.”
“From Gabriel Jesus’s point of view, he also has to ask himself with Kane and Son if he’d be playing regularly in the same position, which he won’t. Arsenal need Jesus more and he’ll be better suited there.”
Reports in Brazil suggest that Jesus wants to be a regular starter at club level so he can put his case forward for starting games for his country at the World Cup later this year.
As Barnes points out, the 25-year-old may not fancy his chances of dislodging either Kane or Son at Spurs, while at Arsenal, he would be the undisputed first choice.
With the Gunners having reportedly been in talks with Jesus and his agent since November, they have also already put the groundwork in place for the transfer. The next stage will be to find an agreement with City over a fee.