Real Madrid want to sign Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus this summer, according to reports in Spain.
The Brazilian star joined the Gunners from Manchester City for £45m last summer and revitalized the club’s attack, scoring five goals and registering six assists in 16 Premier League games.
Although he missed several parts of the season with minor injuries, he is back in form now and Jesus’ stellar form for the leaders has apparently alerted the Spanish giants to the prospect of signing him.
According to Defensa Central, Real president Florentino Perez has drawn up a shortlist of four targets for the summer transfer window.
Jesus would be expected to provide cover and competition for 35-year-old veteran Karim Benzema, with his ability to play on the wing added strength.
The 25-year-old, who has 19 goals in 59 caps for Brazil, could also play alongside Benzema in a top two and has a similar profile to the Frenchman, making him ‘ideal’ for the Champions League. ‘Europe.
Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham, who is wanted as a box-to-box midfielder, is also said to be on Real’s shortlist.
However, Los Blancos realize it may be difficult to secure Bellingham’s signature against serious competition from heavyweights like Liverpool and Chelsea.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side are also believed to want Celta Vigo wonderkid Gabri Veiga to be used as a creative midfielder, with veterans Toni Kroos and Luka Modric coming to the end of their careers and Dani Ceballos potentially leaving.
That creative void could be filled by Brahim Diaz, who the club are set to reinstate into their first team after a three-year loan spell at AC Milan.
While Real have also activated the buyout clause for Rayo Vallecano left-back Fran Garcia, 21, to bolster their left-back depth.