Chelsea can repeat clever Cesc Fabregas transfer trick to seal Thomas Tuchel dream £50m signing
This summer, Chelsea should try to go back in time and beat Arsenal to another of the Premier League’s most wanted players. Gabriel Jesus has been linked with moves to Stamford Bridge and the Emirates Stadium, with the 25-year-old allegedly eager to quit Manchester City.
According to football.london, Edu, the Gunners’ technical director, has met with Jesus’ representatives in recent months. The Brazil international, however, has been hesitant to sign a contract in north London due to the lack of Champions League qualifying.
As a result, the door has been left open for the Blues, who are thought to have entered the contest in the aftermath of Romelu Lukaku’s underwhelming return to west London. Arsenal, who have had a long-standing interest in Jesus, are set to hold further negotiations in order to’reiterate’ their desire for his services, according to The Telegraph.
Mikel Arteta’s side are ‘confident’ of concluding a deal with Pep Guardiola’s side, who value their striker at £50 million. However, according to BILD journalist Christian Falk, Thomas Tuchel is delighted about the prospect of working with Jesus, and Chelsea has put itself in an excellent position to sign him now that he has qualified for the Champions League.
And, having beaten Arsenal to the signing of Cesc Fabregas in 2014 after the Spaniard reportedly turned down a return to his previous club after leaving Barcelona, the Blues might repeat the feat. Jesus would be a signing of intent, much like the midfielder’s entrance under Jose Mourinho eight years ago.
Tuchel emphasized the need for a rebuild at Chelsea this summer to football.london. “We are rebuilding, not upgrading the squad,” the Blues manager added. We are in the process of rebuilding. This is always a challenge for us, but we are up for it.
“I’ve had no idea where we’re at since day one.” What I can guarantee is that I will be here – if I can promise that – with full vigor and positive energy regardless of what happens. We’ll continue to work for Chelsea, and I’m not going to think about the worst-case situation. On which level we will compete, we will see.”
According to the MailOnline, the group led by Todd Boehly, who sealed a £4.25 billion agreement to buy the west London club last month, would ‘push for A-list stars’ to usher in a new era at Stamford Bridge. And, with the new ownership group ready to bolster the Blues’ arsenal, The Telegraph reports that Tuchel will have £200 million at his disposal after player sales are taken into consideration, some of which might be set aside for Jesus’ arrival.