February 6, 2023

REAL MADRID are set to launch a bid for Arsenal star Gabriel Jesus next summer, according to reports.

The Brazilian was linked with the Spanish giants in the summer, only for them to pull out of the running.

Gabriel Jesus has scored five goals for Arsenal

Madrid reportedly decided against the move because of an “issue with Jesus’ passport”.

Despite this, he remains a player that boss Carlo Ancelotti admires.

According to Goal, Jesus is on a five-man shortlist compiled by the Italian.

They claim that Ancelotti sees him as a perfect understudy, and potential successor, to Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema.

Jesus, 25, contributed to Arsenal’s strong start to the season.

The former Manchester City man has scored five goals in 11 Prem outings – also laying on four assists.

Arsenal’s form has them second in the table, with the possibility of leapfrogging City back into top spot if they beat Nottingham Forest this afternoon.

Also on Madrid’s shortlist are Alphonso Davies, Endrick, Enzo Fernandez and Piero Hincapie.

Earlier this month, Jesus told BT Sport of the bond he already feels with Arsenal fans.

He said: “In the first days when I signed here I went to a Brazilian restaurant.

“I was waiting in my car outside, and a lot of Arsenal fans came to say welcome to the club.

“It is different at Manchester City of course. City have had a lot of impact in the last 10, 15 years. Arsenal before that had a lot. It’s different, you know.

“I feel that welcome, the way they come to talk to me. They are supporting you to the end. Exactly.

“I was happy with the fans at City as well, but it’s different.”

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