Arsenal strike in bid for City gun as EPL champions make big $55m move – Transfer Talk

Arsenal have reportedly reached an agreement in principle that will see Manchester City pistol Gabriel Jesus switch to the Gunners.

While Arsenal are reportedly still working on Jesus’ camp on personal terms, this is reportedly the final step to confirm the deal.

Prominent football insider Fabrizio Romano tweeted that Arsenal and City have reached a full verbal agreement and that the deal is worth a guaranteed fee of £45 million ($A65 million).

The 25-year-old has one year left on his current contract and will leave City after five years from the Premier League superpowers, where he scored 96 goals in 236 appearances at Etihad.

Jesus will play under Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta, who worked with him when he was assistant to Pep Guardiola between 2016 and 2019.

Gabriel Jesus is reportedly on his way to Arsenal. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images,)Source: Getty Images

CITY SIGN LEEDS SUPERSTAR

Manchester City have agreed to sign England midfielder Kalvin Phillips from Leeds in a £45 million ($55 million) deal, according to reports on Friday.

Premier League champions City have reportedly put in a £42 million bid, with the potential for an additional £8 million in additional costs for Phillips.

The blockbuster transfer is subject to Phillips agreeing personal terms with Pep Guardiola’s side.

Guardiola has picked Phillips to bolster his midfield following the departure of long-serving Brazilian Fernandinho at the end of last season.

Phillips came through youth at Leeds and played a key role in their promotion to the Premier League two years ago.

He established himself as an England international and played last year in their run-up to the final of the European Championship.

Phillips would become City’s second major signing since the end of last season after the arrival of Norwegian striker Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.

Meanwhile, City Academy midfielder Darko Gyabi will move to Leeds for around £5million.

The deal for Gyabi, an 18-year-old England under-18 international who came to City from Millwall four years ago, came about independently of Phillips’ transfer.

Kalvin Phillips will join City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

BUNDESLIGA KEEPER BECOMES NEW CITY BACKUP

Premier League champions Manchester City are about to sign Stefan Ortega from relegated Bundesliga club Arminia Bielefeld as a backup to first-choice goalkeeper Ederson, according to reports Thursday.

Kicker magazine and the best-selling daily Bild say the 29-year-old will go on a free transfer to the Citizens after his contract with Bielefeld has expired.

Ortega was one of Bielefeld’s best players last season, keeping six clean sheets in 33 league games, although the club were relegated after finishing second from bottom in Germany’s top division.

He found himself on the margins of Germany’s squad for last summer’s Euro 2020 final as a fourth-choice goalkeeper on standby if Manuel Neuer, Kevin Trapp or Bernd Leno had been injured.

POPE SIGNS BIG MAGPIES DEAL

Newcastle signed England goalkeeper Nick Pope from Burnley in a deal worth a reported £10 million ($12 million) on Thursday.

Pope signed a four-year deal with Eddie Howe’s side after getting a medical on Tyneside.

The 30-year-old, who has eight caps for England, has established himself as one of his country’s best goalkeepers in 141 league appearances for the Clarets.

Newcastle moved to Pope after Burnley were relegated to the championship last season.

“Now that I’m here, I can’t wait to get started,” Pope said.

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“It took a few weeks to get the deal done but it crossed the line very quickly and I’m excited to be here and really looking forward to sticking with it.” Pope provides stiff competition for Newcastle’s current first-choice keeper Martin Dubravka.

He kept nine Premier League clean sheets last season but was unable to prevent Burnley from sliding out of the top tier.

Pope’s swift return to the Premier League boosts his chances of joining Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup in Qatar in November.

“Nick is an exceptional goalkeeper at the Premier League and at international level, so I am very pleased to be able to add strong competition to a very important position,” said Howe.

“There has been a lot of interest in him from other clubs this summer so I want to thank our owners and everyone behind the scenes for giving us a competitive edge.”

EX-HAMMERS FLOP SET FOR DORTMUND MOVE

Ajax striker Sebastien Haller flew to Germany on Thursday for a medical examination at Borussia Dortmund, where he will replace Erling Haaland.

Haller was picked up by Dortmund officials after landing at the city’s airport and taken for his medical treatment.

The 28-year-old Ivory Coast international is reportedly set to sign a four-year deal with Dortmund to replace Haaland, who has joined Premier League champions Manchester City.

The German daily Bild says that Haller’s transfer from Ajax to Dortmund, the number two in the Bundesliga, will cost around 31 million euros, including bonuses.

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According to Kicker magazine, the transfer will be completed in July, so that Ajax can add the earned income to the books in the new financial year.

Haller was in excellent form in the Champions League last season, scoring 11 goals in eight games, including four in a 5-1 win over Sporting Lisbon in Ajax’s opening game.

He scored in both matches against Dortmund as Ajax defeated the German club at home and away in the group stage.

The national champions went on strike in the last 16, but Haller scored 21 goals in 31 games in the Eredivisie.

Haller will succeed strikers Robert Lewandowski, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Haaland, all of whom went on to become top stars during stints at Dortmund.

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