Gabriel Jesus set for Manchester City summer exit as Erling Haaland deal looms

Manchester City could be set to lose Brazilian international striker Gabriel Jesus this summer as the club looks to revamp their forward line in what will undoubtedly be another major push for honors under Pep Guardiola in 2022-23.

With reports continuing to suggest that City is in pole position to land Borussia Dortmund and Norway international stud Erling Haaland, Brazilian outlet Lance! reported earlier today that Jesus is due to depart the blue half of Manchester in the summer window.

At current, the former Palmeiras wonderkid is the only true centre forward at City but has hardly hit the heights that many expected from him after the club secured his services during the winter window of the 2016-17 Premier League season.

Jesus hit the ground running for City initially, scoring 7-goals and adding 4-assists in a debut half-season that was interrupted by a metatarsal fracture. He would bounce back in 2017-18 however, hitting 13-goals in the league and four in the Champions League, while his best season in a City shirt came in 2019-20 to the tune of 23-goals and 14-assists across all competitions (14-goals in the Premier League).

Despite his level of talent that regularly saw him make the Brazil squad while earning 54-caps, Pep Guardiola has largely relied on a false nine over the last two seasons in the vein of players the likes of Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, or Bernardo Silva.

Barcelona is said to be interested in Jesus this summer as Catalan giants look to further recruit attacking reinforcements under Xavi, while Arsenal could also potentially be keen as the north London outfit is expected to lose both Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah in the summer.

With plenty of Premier League and top-level experience to call on, Jesus should have no issues securing a move away from the Etihad Stadium should he push for greener pastures within a few months' time.

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