ARSENAL have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Gabriel Jesus with the striker to reportedly stay at Manchester City even if they sign Erling Haaland.
The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move for the Brazilian ace, who is tied down at the Etihad until 2023.
Mikel Arteta is said to be eyeing up a reunion with Jesus, who he worked with when he was Pep Guardiola's No2 prior to taking charge at the Emirates.
It has even been claimed that the 25-year-old has all-but agreed personal terms over a switch to link up with Arsenal.
Jesus, who has chipped in with 13 goals and 12 assists in 37 games in all competitions this season, could struggle for starts next term.
Borussia Dortmund marksman Erling Haaland is believed to have agreed a £500,000-a-week deal to join City.
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This has led to reports that the ex-Palmeiras ace will be on his way out of the Premier League leaders.
But according to transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio, Jesus is unlikely to leave with Guardiola reluctant to offload the 2019 Copa America winner.
Discussing his future to wettfreunde, he said: "Seeing him playing against Real Madrid, I don't think Guardiola will allow him to leave, even if they sign Haaland, which they will, because they are very, very close.
"They still need another striker. A different type of striker. Haaland is a different type. He (Jesus) will stay, because it's difficult to find a player like him.
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"Manchester City doesn't need to sell a player in order to get funds to buy another player.
"They have the possibility to buy all the players they want.”
Though Di Marzio did state that the decision is ultimately up to Jesus as to whether he would be happy playing second fiddle to Haaland.
He added: "It depends on Gabriel Jesus in the end and if he is okay with playing less with Haaland coming.
"It depends on his attitude, knowing another incredible striker like Haaland will arrive.
"When Jack Grealish arrived last year for £100million, Gabriel Jesus stayed, and now he's playing and Grealish is on the bench.
"So nobody knows if Haaland will arrive and play immediately, and be one of the 'untouchable' strikers of Guardiola. You never know with him.
"If you don't do the right tactical movements that Guardiola wants, then you stay on the bench.
"I think Gabriel Jesus is in the perfect situation now in Guardiola's system. He understands, probably for the first time, what Guardiola is asking him to do.”
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