Gabriel Jesus' Agent Reveals how Chelsea Tried to Hijack Striker's Move to Arsenal

Gabriel Jesus' Agent Reveals how Chelsea Tried to Hijack Striker's Move to Arsenal

Fred Kennedy
  • Chelsea were among a number of clubs that were interested in signing Gabriel Jesus from Man City
  • It has now emerged that the Blues made a last-minute attempt to hijack the Brazilian's move to the Emirates Stadium
  • Jesus' agent revealed that the west Londoners 'tried very hard' to stop the former Man City ace from moving to Arsenal
  • The 25-year-old forward has since hit the ground running since his transfer switch to the north London club

Gabriel Jesus' agent has lifted the lid on the Brazilian striker's failed summer move to Stamford Bridge.

Jesus emerged as a summer target for Chelsea after it emerged that he would quit the English champions at the end of last season.

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Gabriel Jesus during a pre-season friendly between Arsenal and Everton at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo by Stuart MacFarlane.
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However, it was Arsenal who eventually secured the signature of the former Man City striker, with the Blues missing out on a transfer deal.

According to The Mirror, it was previously feared that Jesus could snub a move to the Emirates owing to Arsenal's lack of Champions League football.

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At the time, the publication claims that Tottenham, Chelsea, and Real Madrid had registered interest in the Brazil international.

Chelsea makes last-ditch effort to sign Gabriel Jesus

Jesus' agent, Marcelo Pettinati, has now revealed that Chelsea made a last-ditch attempt to steal the striker in the final days that preceded his move to the Emirates.

"Chelsea were one of the teams that tried to hijack the Arsenal move," Pettinati told journalist Freddie Paxton.
"They tried very hard in the final days to get him. By that point, we'd already chosen our new project," he added.

After sealing an eagerly-anticipated move to Arsenal, Jesus revealed that Gunners boss Mikel Arteta played a central role in his decision to choose the north Londoners.

Jesus and Mikel had previously worked together at City when the Arsenal boss was Pep Guardiola's assistant.

Matt Turner turns up for Arsenal vs FC Nürnberg

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Matt Turner has already made his debut for Arsenal, albeit via a friendly match against FC Nürnberg played on Friday, July 8.

Mikel Arteta’s side emerged 5-3 winners but had to come from behind thanks to heroics from another summer signing, Gabriel Jesus.

Arsenal got off to the worst possible start as they found themselves behind at halftime as FC Nürnberg took a two-goal lead courtesy of Johannes Geis and Kwadwo Duah.