Gabriel Jesus could very well have been on his way to Real Madrid this summer. The Striker was one of the players shortlisted to replace Karim Benzema at Real Madrid. Carlo Ancelotti was very clear about his idea to bring Jesus to Madrid. However, things did not go the way they planned. Jesus was grabbed up by Arsenal and Mikel Arteta. One of the reasons cited was that Jesus could not join Madrid because of an EU passport.
Real Madrid have not had the best transfer window. The European Champions were left in the mud by Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland. Moreover, Hazard’s poor form has left them to think of signing another attacker. Luka Jovic has also left the capital for Fiorentina. The attack does not have a lot of depth and quality on the bench.
Reliable journalists confirmed that Real Madrid were interested in signing Jesus.
“Benzema is the best, but this is a World Cup year and he is going to play with the French team. That is going to be important, and he cannot play in everything. Gabriel Jesus was wanted in this moment because he knew how to be a substitute, and he played and scored goals.”
“But he could not come because of his passport. If not, he would be because Ancelotti wanted him, as did the club. But there is no room because of the issue of the papers.”
Jesus has been firing for Arsenal
The disappointment of not Joining Real Madrid did not get to Jesus’s head. He has been in sensational form for Arsenal this pre-season. The striker was on target against London rivals, Chelsea, and has been praised by Arteta. Mikel is very well aware of what Jesus is capable of and wanted him as a priority signing.
The former Manchester City man would have played second fiddle to Haaland at City. A talent like him does not belong on the bench and thus Arsenal got him before anyone else. Even if he signed for Madrid, he would have been back up to Karim Benzema. So, the Gunners seem to have got themselves a World class striker that would make the top 4 race interesting.
Real Madrid would have had the maximum number of Non-EU players if Jesus would have signed for Madrid. Vinicius and Rodrygo are the other Non-EU duo representing Real Madrid. La Liga rules state that clubs are not allowed to exceed this limit, which therefore prevented Los Blancos from signing Jesus.
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