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Arsenal ‘getting closer and closer’ to £50m deal at the Emirates

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Arsenal are ‘getting closer and closer’ to reaching an agreement which will see Gabriel Jesus swap Manchester City for the Emirates Stadium, according to Daily Express journalist Ryan Taylor.

The Gunners may have missed out on Champions League qualification after finishing last season fifth in the Premier League standings, but that has not stopped boss Mikel Arteta showing ambition in the transfer market.

It is understood that Arsenal were frustrated in their initial attempts to strike a deal for Jesus as their opening bid of £35million, plus add-ons, was turned down by Manchester City.

Despite that setback and the reigning Premier League champions’ £50million asking price, the Gunners are optimistic that they will succeed in their pursuit.

Arsenal’s hopes of luring Jesus to the Emirates Stadium have been boosted after it emerged that north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur have pulled out of the race for the Brazilian’s signature.

That will be music to the ears of technical director Edu, who has been holding discussions with Jesus’ representatives for a number of months.

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has revealed Arsenal are continuing to work on a deal and negotiations are at a very advanced stage.

What has Ryan Taylor said about Jesus?

Taylor understands Arsenal are edging towards reaching a deal for Jesus as Arteta looks to strengthen his attacking options.

The journalist believes the Gunners are the frontrunners for the frontman’s services after Spurs decided against attempting to gazump their arch-rivals.

When asked whether Arsenal remain keen to welcome the striker to the Emirates Stadium, Taylor told GIVEMESPORT: “Most definitely. I think, Jesus is now getting closer and closer.

“To be fair, this has been conflicting because other people have reported different figures, but my understanding was that Arsenal had a bid rejected worth £35million, plus add-ons, last week. The idea was that they were going to return with an offer.

“I’ve seen that Alasdair Gold has said that Tottenham are not interested or looking to hijack the deal, so that would suggest Arsenal have a bit of a free run on him unless anything drastic happens out of the blue. From what I understand, as of yesterday, it was getting closer and closer.”

Jesus is a prolific striker, emphasised by the fact he has found the back of the net 116 times over the course of his club career.

He would also take no time having to adjust to the rigours of the Premier League as he has made 159 appearances in the competition, scoring on 58 occasions along the way.

However, £50million is a whopping price tag considering Jesus is about to enter the final 12 months of his £91,000-per-week contract at the Etihad Stadium.

Meeting that figure would result in the 25-year-old becoming Arsenal’s fourth most expensive signing of all-time, so they should look to reach a compromise with Manchester City.

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Rio Ferdinand issues major warning about Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag

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Former centre-back Rio Ferdinand believes it is still too early to judge whether Erik ten Hag is the right man to lead Manchester United back to the top, despite their unquestionable improvement under him this season.

United head into tomorrow’s Manchester derby against City at Old Trafford with the knowledge that a win will lift them to within a point and place of their neighbours in the Premier League table.

The Reds have lost just one of their last 18 matches since being battered 6-3 by City back in October, featuring a current run of eight wins on the bounce.

The Reds, such is the level of progress they have made under Ten Hag this season, are now considered as one of the favourites to qualify for the Champions League for next season.

They have made significant strides in a relatively short space of time and victories over the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur already this season have proven that they are capable of competing in the upper echelons of the table again.

However, despite heading into the second half of the campaign with form in their sails, Ferdinand insists the jury is still out on Ten Hag, despite him reaching 20 wins as United manager quick than any of his predecessors.

“I think it’s too early to say,” said Ferdinand to the Mirror. “We’ve been here with previous managers when it looks like we are onto something.

“We’ve got to be patient and give the man time. I think all the signs are very positive at the moment. He’s come in and seen what is happening, assessed how things are, looked at individuals and looked at the shape of the team.

“These were a bunch of players that were quite low. They were shot to pieces and he’s had to build, not only footballers, but men back up again. He’s had to build a lot of human beings back up and that takes time.

“The fact he’s now talking about qualifying for the Champions League so positively, he can sense a confidence coming back into this team. There’s a consistency of performance from the team that wasn’t there before and the signals and signs are all very promising.

“But they’re still not where they want to be. City are way ahead of where United are. The distance is a bit closer, but it’s still not anywhere near where we want it to be. There’s still work to be done.”

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Manchester United takeover bids ‘expected imminently’ with serious interest in Club

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Manchester United are expecting takeover offers from across the world as they are set to invite bids ahead of ‘mid-February deadline’.

The Telegraph have reported that the club have received ‘serious interest’ from consortiums based in the Middle East, Asia and the United States.

British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe is also weighing up an offer, as the Glazers hope to the sell one of the biggest clubs in the world for over £5billion.

The report also adds that parties who had been interested in taking over Chelsea, before Todd Boehly’s £4.25bn takeover, are set to return with approaches for the Red Devils.

It’s expected that potential investors will go public with their attempts to buy United in the coming weeks with the clock ‘now ticking on a deal’.

Senior United figures will issue a mid February deadline for formal offers in order to help get get the takeover completed before the end of the season.

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Confirmed: Chelsea ready to make late bid to hijack another Arsenal transfer

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Chelsea will make a late attempt to scupper Arsenal’s hopes of finally signing Mikhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Gunners have submitted their third bid for the Ukraine international winger and hope an offer of £62m before add-ons, which take the deal closer to £70m, will be enough to break the deadlock between the two clubs.

Chelsea’s interest in the 21-year-old winger was earlier this week described only as ‘exploratory’ but ESPN now claim that Todd Boehly will test the waters and attempt to throw a spanner in the works for the Premier League leaders.

Shakhtar’s technical director Darijo Srna was pictured at Stamford Bridge last week as he watched Chelsea’s defeat against Manchester City and Boehly would have little issue with meeting an asking price which is closer to £88million.

Arsenal are said to be confident that their latest bid for Mudryk will be enough to finally secure the services of their No.1 January target, but have already been beaten to the punch once this month by their west London rivals.

Chelsea won the race to sign Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid amid competition from Arsenal and Manchester United, but the Portugal international’s promising debut ended in devastating fashion when he was sent off just shy of the hour mark for a dangerous challenge on Fulham’s Kenny Tete.

Felix will now miss the next three games through suspension as the problems mount for Chelsea’s under-fire manager Graham Potter.

‘It sums up where we are at the moment – everything that can go wrong, is going wrong,’ Potter said after Chelsea’s 2-1 west London derby defeat.

‘It was a forward’s tackle from Joao, there was no malice in it but I understand why it was a red. It is another blow the hits keep coming at the moment.

‘He was really good you could see his quality in the game so it is doubly disappointing for us because he was looking dangerous throughout.

‘I don’t think there was too much malice in it and it is an unfortunate action and we are going to lose him now for three games.’

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