Gabriel Jesus performs transfer U-turn as he picks between Arsenal and Real Madrid

Gabriel Jesus’ preference is to join Real Madrid over Arsenal, according to a report on the continent.

The Manchester City striker has been linked with a move to the Emirates after Erling Haaland arrived at the Etihad from Borussia Dortmund. The Gunners have been in contact with Pep Guardiola’s side over a potential deal for the Brazilian with City slapping a £55million price tag on the striker, according to ESPN.

Jesus is a player that Mikel Arteta – formerly Guadiola’s assistant – is a huge admirer of following their spell working together at the Etihad. It was previously claimed that Jesus is keen on a switch to the Gunners as his agent, Marcelo Pettinati, confirmed that he likes the Spaniard’s project.

Real Madrid have since entered the equation, however, as the reigning Champions League winners target the Brazilian this summer. And Spanish outlet La Cadena Ser claims that the player now prefers a move to the Bernabeu over a switch to Arsenal.

The report also states that the Spanish giants cannot complete a deal for Jesus until fellow Brazilian forward Vinicius Junior gets a Spanish passport as Los Blancos are at the maximum amount of non-European players permitted by La Liga.

This latest update comes after Jesus opened up about his future following City’s Premier League triumph. He confirmed that he has made the Etihad club aware of what he is looking for and that he will make a decision in the summer.

Speaking to ESPN Brazil, he said: “About my future, it’s still uncertain. I have a contract with City and I have already expressed my desire to the City people and to my agent. I have in my head [a very clear idea of] what I want.

Gabriel Jesus has been linked with a move to Arsenal

Gabriel Jesus has been linked with a move to Arsenal
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“Today, I want to celebrate a lot with City. It’s obvious that I’m very happy here. Tomorrow, if everything goes well for me, my wife and our family, [daughter] Helena will come to the world.

“So, I have to take advantage of this moment. Then, think about the team, smile at the team again. And, on vacation, I [will] decide about my future.”

Jesus has since linked up with the Brazil national team and reiterated that he wants to be fully invested in whatever his next project is. He also said he will think about his future when he arrives back from international duty, adding: “I’ve never been one to throw myself into a project without knowing it. And that’s what I’m going to do. Now I’m focused on the national team, but as of Tuesday, I start thinking about my future.”

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