Journalist Ben Jacobs has revealed on The Done Deal Show that Newcastle United are looking at Gabriel Jesus.
The wantaway Manchester City attacker has been linked heavily with the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, however, very wealthy Newcastle are now seemingly looking at the Brazilian.
Jesus has just one year left on his contract, so it makes sense that his future has dominated the transfer talk so far this summer, and knowing how wealthy PIF are, Newcastle could be a destination that Jesus takes seriously, although having no European football next season will be a huge disadvantage.
Jacobs has claimed that the Magpies are a side that may well be lurking in the background and ready to pounce if a deal becomes possible.
He said: “25-year-old Gabriel Jesus, who’s virtually guaranteed to get into double figures if you play him for 38 Premier League games, is a bargain signing.
Could Newcastle sign Jesus?
“Others may disagree, but if you’re Arsenal and you’re paying under £45m on a striker with Premier League experience, and you’re statistically likely to get 10-plus goals – but much more likely 15-plus goals – I would take that if I was Arsenal any day of the week. And Arsenal are very much interested.
“There’s not as much substance to the Chelsea links; Newcastle have circled in the past.”
TIF Thoughts on Newcastle’s interest in Jesus…
As Jacobs mentioned, for anyone to sign someone of Jesus’ experience, age profile and ability to score goals at the very top level for less than £45m must be seen as a bargain, especially when compared to another Newcastle target in Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who has a reported price tag of £60m.
While Jesus would be a stunning signing for the Magpies and a major statement of intent from PIF, it may only be a pipe dream as they can’t compete with the likes of Arsenal and Spurs when it comes to offering any form of European football, and someone of Jesus’ calibre will likely see that as a necessity if he is to leave the Premier League champions.