Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus will remain in the Premier League and join one of his side’s rivals in the summer amid interest from Chelsea, according to reports.
The 25-year-old failed to cement his place in the starting lineup last season despite Man City’s lack of strikers, and with Erling Haaland joining from Borussia Dortmund, Jesus will leave.
The Italian journalist states that he will join a Premier League side this summer, and not move to Real Madrid despite being offered to Los Blancos.
The forward will leave the Etihad and Arsenal have been heavily linked alongside Chelsea’s fellow London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
However, Jesus has reportedly been offered to Chelsea this summer and could look to move to Stamford Bridge in the summer.
Thomas Tuchel ‘would like to work with’ the Brazilian as several first team players could head for the exit door at the club this summer.
Chelsea will grant Tuchel control over the transfer window this summer and could see the club push for the signing of Jesus if the Blues boss wishes to sign his man.
Club-record signing Romelu Lukaku is likely to depart this summer with the club in talks with Inter Milan over a loan deal which would see the Belgium international depart just one season after his £97.5 million move.
Several other players have been linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge for the rebuild at Chelsea, with Raheem Sterling, Ousmane Dembele and Christopher Nkunku all reportedly being targeted as potential attacking reinforcements alongside Jesus this summer.
Furthermore, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has been linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge as a potential Lukaku replacement but Chelsea were dealt a blow as he outlined his intentions to join Barcelona.
He confirmed: "No other offers were even considered by me other than that of Barcelona. I want to leave Bayern, that’s clear.
"It's time for a new stage for me. I hope the fans will understand. I would get the chance to take on a new challenge at another club for a few more years. That's my wish."
It remains to be seen as to whether Jesus is considered as the alternative as Chelsea will seek a ‘specialist’ replacement for Lukaku if he is to depart, with the Brazilian’s contract expiring in 2023.
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