Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid’s manager, is urging the team to sign Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus this summer.
During a spectacular season, Ancelotti guided the Spanish giants to their 35th La Liga title before overcoming Liverpool in the Champions League final. However, they were unable to recruit Kylian Mbappe, who chose to extend his contract with Ligue 1 winners Paris Saint-Germain for another three years.
It means that, according to popular belief, he will not join Real Madrid on a free transfer this summer, despite reports that he had given his word to the Spanish giants that he would be coming at the Santiago Bernabeu. It comes less than a year after the French club turned down a world-record transfer offer for the striker from Los Blancos, whose previous contract at the Parc des Princes was slated to expire on June 30.
Real Madrid is looking for offensive options, and City forward Jesus is a fan favorite at the club. He is a possibility for president Florentino Perez and general manager Jose Angel Sanchez to sign this summer, but Ancelotti is pushing hard for him.
When the Brazilian joined City in January 2017, he had piqued the curiosity of Real Madrid – commanded by Perez and Sanchez – as well as Bayern Munich, who were coached at the time by Ancelotti. Since then, the Italian has maintained a significant interest in the player.
Jesus’ contract at the Etihad Stadium is coming to an end this summer, and the club is eager to cash in on him. City have already signed strikers Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez this summer, pushing the Brazilian lower down the pecking order at the club.
Last season, the 25-year-old began just 21 Premier League games and has never started more than 22 Premier League games in a single season, leaving him yearning for more first-team action. He would be reunited with fellow Brazilians Rodrygo, Vinicius Junior, and Eder Militao if he moved to Madrid.
According to reports in Spain, Madrid’s interest in the striker is genuine, and they regard him as a possible addition to their roster next summer. Arsenal’s transfer plans would be disrupted as a result, since the Gunners are desperate to add Jesus to their ranks, with Eddie Nketiah the only known striker in their senior team.
In 236 first-team appearances, Jesus has scored 95 goals for City since joining from Brazilian club Palmeiras in 2017. Despite Sergio Aguero’s departure and the club’s lack of quick investment in the striker position, he was unable to establish himself as Pep Guardiola’s unquestioned starter.