Real Madrid ‘eye Gabriel Jesus as a replacement for Gareth Bale’ with Zinedine Zidane still set on offloading Wales forward
- Real Madrid have been placed in the frame to sign Man City star Gabriel Jesus
- Zinedine Zidane is looking to overhaul his squad during the summer window
- Jesus’ playing time at the Etihad Stadium remains limited due to Sergio Aguero
- Madrid’s marquee signing Eden Hazard is yet to start fully firing in Spain so far
Real Madrid have been placed in the frame to sign Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus this summer, according to reports in Spain.
The La Liga giants are in need of squad reinvestment with Zinedine Zidane looking to overhaul his side.
Zidane remains keen to offload Gareth Bale, despite failing to do so during the summer and now coming to rely on the Welshman due to squad injuries.
Gabriel Jesus (pictured) has emerged as a summer target for Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid
According to Don Balon, Madrid now see Jesus as the man to come in and fill Bale’s boots once he departs.
The report notes that Madrid chiefs are acutely aware of how many goals they are losing per season, following the exit of talisman Cristiano Ronaldo in July 2018.
Despite the arrival of marquee signing Eden Hazard, the former Chelsea man has yet to hit his stride in the Spanish capital.
Gareth Bale is now relied upon during an injury crisis, but his departure is still expected
Likewise, Luka Jovic is yet to hit the heights of fellow forward Karim Benzema, who is still the main source of goals at the Bernabeu.
Madrid boss Zidane is also said to be concerned by the lack of goalscoring contributions from Vinicius and Bale, along with the long-term absence of Marco Asensio.
At City, Jesus’ position remains up in the air. With Sergio Aguero at the club, the Brazilian cannot feature as the main out-and-out striker at the Etihad. Guardiola favours the Brazilian youngster, though starting positions in the forward line are not guaranteed.