According to Gazzetta dello Sport, via Football Italia, Juventus are preparing a move for Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus. But they will only make an approach for the striker if Cristiano Ronaldo leaves this summer.
Cristiano Ronaldo, 36, was the Serie A top scorer last season as Juventus managed to scrape fourth-place with a 4-1 win over Bologna on the final day of the campaign. Despite his advancing years, the Portuguese superstar is still going strong in Europe and remains hungry for more silverware.
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However, he faces an uncertain future in Turin following the return of former manager Max Allegri. Ronaldo, who has just a year left on his contract with the Old Lady, has already attracted interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United, as per a report from the Sun.
As rumors of a possible move away from Juventus for the Portuguese international swirl around, the Serie A giants have already started looking for his potential replacements.
Gazzetta dello Sport, via Football Italia, claims Manchester City center-forward Gabriel Jesus tops Juventus’ wish list. Paris Saint-Germain striker Mauro Icardi and Fiorentina starlet Dusan Vlahovic are other alternatives for the Turin-based club.
Gabriel Jesus, 24, had an underwhelming last campaign at the Etihad Stadium, despite netting 14 goals across all competitions. The striker has not really done an awful lot to demonstrate that he can be the ideal replacement for the departed Sergio Aguero, who has joined Barcelona on a free transfer.
Juventus’ interest in Jesus has complicated things a bit for City boss Pep Guardiola’s search for a new big-name striker. Guardiola wants to sign Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane this summer and the Sky Blues will need to spend a fortune to secure a deal.
The Daily Star reported last month that Tottenham Hotspur are keen on signing Jesus, who is valued at £70 million. The north London club are adamant they want to keep hold of Kane but they could be tempted into selling the England international if they get Jesus as well as £70 million from Manchester City.
With Jesus on the radar of Juventus now and Spurs ready to sell Kane to City in exchange for Jesus plus hefty cash, one has to wait and watch how this entire saga pans out during the summer transfer window.