Former Chelsea defender Glen Johnson believes his old club made a mistake by failing to sign Gabriel Jesus ahead of Arsenal this summer.
The Gunners completed a deal for Jesus earlier this month, paying reigning Premier League champions Manchester City £45 million for his services after a 2021/22 campaign in which he provided 25 direct goal contributions across all competitions.
According to former England international Glen Johnson, new Blues owner Todd Boehly should have pursued a deal for the 25-year-old. Speaking to GGReckon he said:
A striker that’s already performed within the Premier League is always better than a striker brought in from a different league. They’ve already established what they’re capable of.
With Gabriel Jesus, I think Chelsea should have bit Manchester City’s arm off to try and get him to be honest. Actually, I’m surprised that City even let him go. And I’m certainly surprised that he’s ended up at Arsenal.
No offence to Arsenal, but I’m pretty certain that if Chelsea had wanted him he would have gone to Chelsea. It’s bizarre how he left and it’s bizarre where he’s landed
For me, Jesus is a top player and, though he’s still young, he’s already done it for a top team in a top league, so why wouldn’t you want him