Gabriel Jesus: Tottenham ‘set to battle Arsenal’ for Man City forward

Tottenham’s offer of Champions League football could get them over the line

<p>Arsenal are gaining confidence in their pursuit of Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus, according to The Times (Martin Rickett/PA)</p>

Arsenal are gaining confidence in their pursuit of Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus, according to The Times (Martin Rickett/PA)

What the papers say

A bitter tug of war is brewing over the future of Gabriel Jesus. The Daily Mirror reports north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham are in a two-horse race in pursuit of the 25-year-old striker, with the Gunners believed to be leading the way. However, Tottenham’s offer of Champions League football could still sway Jesus to Spurs.

The Guardian reports Manchester City expect Raheem Sterling to depart the club in the summer, with Chelsea standing ready to step up their pursuit of the 27-year-old forward.

Blues boss Thomas Tuchel is desperate to strengthen his inconsistent attack, though Sterling is likely to have a wealth of other suitors.

Staying with Chelsea, the Daily Mail says the Blues are nearing a loan deal to send striker Romelu Lukaku back to his former club Inter Milan. The move is expected to net the club between £6million and £8.5m with add-ons.

Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling (Danny Lawson/PA)

Manchester United have offered 28-year-old defender Eric Bailly to Newcastle, according to the Daily Mirror.

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Players to watch

AFC Wimbledon’s Jack Rudoni (Nigel French/PA)

Jack Rudoni: The Sun reports Sunderland, Huddersfield and Bristol City have all made bids for the AFC Wimbledon midfielder.

Moussa Diaby: The paper also says Newcastle have been told they must pay Bayer Leverkusen £50m to sign the 22-year-old winger.

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