Real Madrid fear CHELSEA have now entered the fight to sign Gabriel Jesus from Man City, with new owner Todd Boehly ‘preparing a formal proposal’ for the striker also wanted by Arsenal and Tottenham
- Chelsea have joined Real Madrid in the chase to sign Man City’s Gabriel Jesus
- The striker has a lot of interest in him this summer after falling out of favor
- Chelsea are ‘very interested’ with president Todd Boehly eager to snap him up
- Madrid may have trouble signing Jesus due to their quota of three non-EU stars
Real Madrid are bracing for a transfer scrap with Chelsea over Man City striker Gabriel Jesus, reports claim, with new president Todd Boehly keen to make the Brazilian one of his first signings.
Jesus has a number of teams chasing his signature this summer after falling out of favor at the Etihad – with Pep Guardiola signing Erling Haaland in a £ 51million deal – and Real Madrid have become the latest team to join the hunt after reportedly being offered him.
But now Chelsea have shown ‘strong interest’ in Jesus, according to Spanish outlet AS, and are preparing a bid once the legalities of Boehly’s deal have officially gone through – in a blow to Madrid who were hoping to bring him to the Bernabeu.
Chelsea have joined the race to sign Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus, reports claim
The Blues are keen to seal a deal for Jesus amid interest from LaLiga giants Real Madrid
Jesus, who scored eight times in 21 starts for Man City in their title-winning season in the last campaign, has been heavily linked with moves to Premier League sides Arsenal and Tottenham, but a switch to LaLiga has been mooted this week.
Both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are believed to have been offered the player, in a blow to the Gunners – who are desperate in particular for a new forward with Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah both set to leave on free transfers.
And now they will face even more competition to get their man after Chelsea threw their hat in the ring – with the report from Spain suggesting they are ‘very interested’ in the player.
New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is reportedly eager to make Jesus one of his first signings
Jesus won the Premier League for the fourth time in May having scored eight and assisted nine
The Blues will try to wrap up the deal this summer once their transfer embargo has been formally lifted following sanctions placed on previous owner Roman Abramovich.
However, ‘time is running against them’, it adds, with the club unsure of when they will be able to officially begin transfer operations – handing the advantage to their Premier League rivals Arsenal and Spurs.
Madrid had also been keen on the move but are having ‘difficulty’ in justifying the transfer, given that they have a strict quota of just three non-EU players at the club – with those spots being filled by Eder Militao, Rodrygo and Vinicius Jr .
It came after reports last week that Arsenal were stepping up their interest in Jesus and were willing to double his salary at City to £ 200,000-per-week.
Madrid are having ‘difficulty’ signing Jesus because they have already fulfilled their three Non-EU player quota with Rodrygo (L), Vinicius Jr (C) and Eder Militao (R)
Arsenal are believed to be stepping up their interest with Mikel Arteta familiar with Jesus after working with him at Manchester City
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is believed to have held an excellent working relationship with the 25-year-old during his time as assistant boss at City and both parties are reportedly keen on a deal.
Arsenal have already held initial talks with his agent Marcelo Pettinati but have since enhanced their offer following interest from other European clubs, according to the report from The Sun.
The North London club reportedly stepped up their salary package to £ 190,000 per week plus bonuses in a bid to coax the striker. The deal would see him earn a significant increase on his £ 110.00-a-week wage at Manchester City.
And, whilst Arsenal cannot offer Jesus Champions League football, they can all but promise him a regular first-team spot as the central striker at the Emirates – a role he has become accustomed to sharing under Pep Guardiola.
But any club looking to bring in Jesus will have to stump up some serious cash after a report from Cadena Ser journalist Anton Meana reported that the 25-year-old has demanded € 5million (£ 4.3m) after tax per year after being offered to Spanish clubs.