Amid rumours suggesting the potential arrival of Erling Haaland, Manchester City are expected to offload a few of their star attackers in the upcoming summer transfer window.
The list is topped by Gabriel Jesus, who has failed to establish himself as a first-team regular even in the current setup and could fall further behind in the pecking order next season. It has compelled him to look for an exit from Etihad at the end of the season.
Real Madrid are regarded as one of the clubs in contention to sign Gabriel this summer, with the Spanish giants currently in the market for attacking reinforcements.
The situation has gotten even more interesting as Real Madrid are set to lock horns with Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League semi-final on Tuesday.
Speaking ahead of the game, Gabriel Jesus has lauded his international teammate Vinicius Junior, stating: “I’m a fan of Vinicius Junior.”
The Manchester City attacker continued by praising the atmosphere at Santiago Bernabeu and why he and his teammates will need to be at their hundred percent in order to prevail in this encounter.
“You have to impose the rhythm because at the Bernabeu they have magic”, he added (h/t Marca)
Given the links with Real Madrid, it is easy to link Gabriel Jesus’ comments to his potential desire to play for the Whites next season. But when asked about his future, the attacker denied commenting, suggesting it is not the right time.
“It’s not time to think about this. You expect me to say this, but it’s true. Now is the best moment of the season. I want to enjoy, to keep focused on my team, with my teammates, to fight for the Premier League.”
“I won it with my teammates three times and I know how that feels and I want to have that feeling again. And then, of course, we also have the tough game on Tuesday against Real Madrid (in the Champions League) and that is my focus.“
Arsenal boss requests €25 million-rated Real Madrid attacker
Marco Asensio is among the players who are facing an uncertain future at Real Madrid as we approach the second half of the campaign.
The attacker’s current deal at Santiago Bernabeu expires at the end of the season. And despite showing glimpses of his potential during the course of this campaign, his continuity in the Spanish capital is far from guaranteed.
According to Fichajes, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has urged the club to push for an operation to sign Asensio at the end of the season.
The Spanish tactician has identified Asensio as an ideal candidate to reinforce his ranks in the attacking unit. The Real Madrid star, after all, brings in a wealth of experience, having featured in over 260 competitive matches for Los Blancos.
The forward’s tally of 53 goals and 29 assists is not bad by any means either. And given his versatility in the final third of the pitch, he could be a useful addition for Arsenal in the coming season.
But the Real Madrid camp will not too keen on offloading their star player. The club have been impressed by the attacker’s performance, which could potentially lead to a renewal offer later this year.
However, it must be noted that Real Madrid are yet to table any official offer for the attacker. In fact, it is Arsenal who have started laying the groundwork and are expected to meet the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, in London to discuss a potential move to Emirates Stadium.
It appears Liverpool are in the mix as well, though Arsenal remain the favourite due to the presence of Mikel Arteta. Barcelona, too, had showcased interest in signing Asensio in the summer, so it will be interesting to see what the future holds for the Spaniard in the coming months.