TOTTENHAM have reportedly pulled out of the race to sign Gabriel Jesus to leave Arsenal with a clear path at landing the Manchester City striker.
The Brazilian ace is the Gunners’ No1 target having identified him as the perfect replacement for Alexandre Lacazette.
Arsenal have already had a £30million bid rejected, but they will go in with a second offer closer to City’s valuation of £50m.
And they are prepared to make Jesus their highest earner where they are willing to pay him £264,000-a-week.
Despite the North London giants always seemingly in pole position to secure his services, there has been a fear that rivals Spurs could look to hijack the transfer.
It was claimed earlier in the week how Antonio Conte’s side were looking to pip Arsenal to his signature and hoped they could tempt Jesus into joining by offering him Champions League football.
But according to the Evening Standard, Tottenham have accepted defeated in the race for Jesus.
They state they have officially ended their interest in the ex-Palmeiras ace with the forward set to link up with Arsenal.
The news outlet then states that Spurs will now press ahead with moves for Leeds winger Raphinha and Everton star Richarlison.
Though it has been said that due to both players likely to cost over £50million, it is expected that the club will only sign one.
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As well as Spurs, Arsenal are also in for Raphinha having already had a bid rejected for the 25-year-old.
Spurs will have to act fast if they wish to nab Raphinha as Arsenal are preparing an improved offer with Mikel Arteta desperate to bring him to the Emirates.
As for Spurs’ pursuit of Richarlison, they are understood to face competition from Chelsea.
SunSport have exclusively revealed how the Blues squad have urged boss Thomas Tuchel to sign him as Romelu Lukaku’s replacement.
His fiery attitude, aggression and tenacity are seen as decisive factors in the minds of some players.
Richarlison, 25, has made it clear to Everton gaffer Frank Lampard that he wants out with two years left on his contract at Goodison Park.
Source: The Sun