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Real Madrid offered the chance to sign 25-year-old Brazilian striker

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While the attacking department seems to be the most sorted out aspect of Carlo Ancelotti’s dressing room, Real Madrid continue to be linked with various forwards in the buildup to the transfer window.

It is probably the aftermath of Kylian Mbappe’s decision to snub the club that has seen Los Blancos linked with the likes of Serge Gnabry and Borja Mayoral in recent days.

According to reports from Carrusel Deportivo, Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City has now been offered to the champions of Europe. The striker asks for a salary of €5 million per season, a very low figure in today’s inflated economy.

While Real Madrid like the idea of incorporating the player, his non-EU passport complicates the operation and makes it close to impossible.

As per La Liga’s rules, a team is permitted to have a maximum of three players with a non-European passport in their squad. At the moment, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Eder Militao fill the three available vacancies.

There is also no room for any of the three Brazilian’s to claim a Spanish citizenship since they have not played in La Liga for five seasons.

Given that all the current non-EU slot holders are indispensable to Ancelotti’s plans, it is difficult to see Jesus donning the white colors next season.

Jesus started 21 games for Pep Guardiola’s side last season, scoring eight goals and providing eight assists. However, the tough competition for a starting spot at the Etihad and the arrival of Erling Haaland force the Brazilian to make a move away from the club in June.

His contract with the Cityzens ends in 2023. With just over a year left in his deal, City will be willing to part ways with the player for a low fee.

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Key Real Madrid defender still not 100% fit ahead of Club World Cup semi-final – report

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Carlo Ancelotti heads into the FIFA Club World Cup in a pressure cooker situation. The pressure on the manager’s shoulders is immense, for his job could be on the line after Real Madrid’s poor run of form.

The injury situation does not favour the Italian tactician either. Lucas Vazquez, Ferland Mendy, Karim Benzema, Eder Militao and even Thibaut Courtois are out of the semi-final against Al Ahly, leaving him very few options to play with.

According to reports from Jorge C Picon, David Alaba too is not completely fit yet. The Austrian International was given the medical all-clear and entered the squad for Real Madrid’s game against Mallorca, yet started on the bench as he was not at 100%, and that remains the case ahead of tonight’s clash.

The report, however, adds that his mere inclusion in the squad comes as a breather for Ancelotti. Alaba is highly valued by the technical staff, not only for his reading of the game on the field but also for his leadership.

The defender has already missed seven games for Los Blancos since sustaining a muscular injury against Villarreal at La Ceramica. He did indeed come off the bench for under half an hour against Mallorca, but will likely not be risked to start on Thursday. 

In his absence, Nacho Fernandez and Antonio Rudiger are expected to take centre stage in defence in Morocco. Eduardo Camavinga, meanwhile, could start as left-back again.

Alaba has played 17 games for Los Blancos this season and was one of the players with the most minutes until his injury. In his league campaign so far, he has scored one goal and provided three assists while also averaging a key pass every ninety minutes.

It remains to be seen if the Austrian recovers completely in time for the Club World Cup final should the European Champions make it. As it stands, using a cautious approach is in Real Madrid’s best interest.

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