Real Madrid were reportedly interested in signing Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City prior to his arrival to Arsenal but gave it up due to an alleged problem with his passport. However, latest rumours on the subject claim the 14-time European champions are continuing to monitor the Brazilian striker as he shines in an Arsenal shirt.
Apparently, Carlo Ancelotti, who openly ruled out any signings for his club in the January window, has made a list of five players he wants to see in his ranks in the near future. Jesus is on that list, as are Bayern Munich left-back Alphonso Davies, young Palmeiras striker Endrick (only 16), Benfica midfielder Enzo Fernandez and 20-year-old Bayer Leverkusen centre-back Piero Hincapie.
At the moment, the main striker at Real is, of course, Karim Benzema, who has just won the Ballon d’Or. However, the French star is 34 and even though his performances still have him in the world-class bracket, he will eventually need replacing and his current contract expires at the end of the season. Ancelotti apparently sees Jesus as a good candidate to be Benzema’s understudy and eventually, long-term successor. Real previously tried to sign Kylian Mbappe and had lined up Erling Haaland as an alternative, but the Frenchman chose to sign a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain, by which point Haaland had already opted for Manchester City as his destination.
The Brazil international has certainly brought that attacking spark that Arsenal had obviously failed to produce before his arrival from the reigning Premier League champions, and his influence on the on the pitch as the Gunners cling on to the top spot is clear. The prospect of losing his services after only a season would be most alarming.
On the other hand, it’s worth bearing in mind that transfer rumours in October, particularly those relating to the following summer, rarely have anything but speculation as a basis. Also, having only just arrived, Jesus is contracted to Arsenal until the summer of 2027, and the club will have a strong say in any potential discussions regarding his future.