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Edu plans pitch as Arsenal to intensify talks for Man City striker Gabriel Jesus

Arsenal are ready to intensify talks for Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus.

The London Evening Standard says the Gunners are close to tying down Eddie Nketiah to a new five-year contract, worth around £100,000-a-week, and are ready to press ahead with a move for Jesus.

Representatives for the 25-year-old Brazilian have been in England this week for talks over his future, with Tottenham and Juventus also interested.

Jesus has just one year left on his contract at City, who are inclined to sell him this summer if he will not agree an extension.

Arsenal have been scouting several strikers in a similar mould to Jesus, including Lille's Jonathan David, but their interest in the Canadian has cooled.

Arsenal missed out on qualifying for the Champions League but it is hoped Jesus can still be tempted by the project under Mikel Arteta, with whom he worked at City during his time as an assistant to Pep Guardiola.

Gunners technical director Edu will play a key role in pitching Arsenal to Jesus, with the chance for the Brazilian to play as a No9 and be a regular starter a good selling point.

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