Gunners fans will be happy to have won the race for Jesus’ signature. Romano said that the 25-year old, who was not a guaranteed starter during much of his time at Man City, found playing regularly a key factor.
It’s easy to imagine that Jesus would have played a significant role at Tottenham, but it is also true that Antonio Conte has more competition for the top spots due to big names like Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Mikel Arteta trying to find a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette.
“Tottenham had been pushing for Gabriel Jesus to be a concrete option while they were negotiating Richarlison. This is Fabio Paratici’s style to negotiate for multiple players at once,” Romano said.
Gabriel made the right choice as he wanted to be a regular starter. Romano also said that Arsenal had expressed interest in Richarlison but that it wasn’t very advanced and that the Brazilian eventually moved from Everton to Tottenham.
Romano said that there was no agreement between Arsenal and Richarlison. They asked for the terms of the deal, but did not have any advanced negotiations with Everton agents or Everton.
While one could imagine Richarlison being a viable alternative to Arsenal if the Jesus deal had not been completed, both clubs are likely to be happy with how it all turned out.
“There was nothing advanced between Arsenal and Richarlison, they just asked for conditions of the deal but never had an advanced negotiation with Everton or agents,” Romano added.
One imagines Richarlison could have been a decent alternative for Arsenal if the Jesus deal hadn’t worked out, but overall both clubs will probably be satisfied with how this all panned out.