MIKEL ARTETA was reportedly punched while chasing Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus.
LaLiga giants Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are rumored to have entered the race for his signature.
Erling Haaland’s arrival at the Etihad has prompted suggestions Jesus could leave the club.
It’s understood City are set to demand a fee of around £40m-50m for the 25-year-old.
But after Arsenal initially emerged as contenders for his signature, it’s now Barcelona and Atletico Madrid’s turn.
So says Fichajes, who claims the LaLiga heavyweights are both in the market for a forward.
While Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been hitting the net regularly since joining Barca from Arsenal, the striker is 32 and nearing the final years of his career.
Atletico, meanwhile, are looking for a replacement for Luis Suarez, who will leave the club when his contract elsewhere expires.
Elsewhere, it is claimed that Juventus and Inter Milan are watching Jesus’ situation and there have also been inquiries from Germany.
However, Arsenal are still hoping to lure Jesus to the Emirates.
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SunSport exclusively revealed on Thursday that Jesus wants to continue playing in the Premier League.
The Brazilian has just one year left on his contract and has refused to commit further to City.
SunSport spoke to the Brazilian’s agents, who revealed they see the Prem as the “NBA of football”.
Gunners boss Arteta also has past experience working with Jesus, having served as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at City between 2016 and 2019.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5337909/arsenal-gabriel-jesus-transfer-barcelona-atletico-madrid-man-city/ Arsenal dealt a blow to Gabriel Jesus as Barcelona and Atletico Madrid faced them in the battle for the Man City ace