A La Liga ruling could scupper Real Madrid's pursuit of Arsenal target Gabriel Jesus.
Real this week joined the chasing pack for Jesus, who is set to leave Manchester City after five years this summer. However, the Brazilian's nationality presents a problem for the Spanish giants.
That's because La Liga regulations state each team is only allowed to have three non-European players on the pitch during a game at any one time. And as Real already have Jesus' fellow countrymen Vinicius Junior, Eder Militao and Rodrygo as regular starters, they'd have to do some serious juggling to accommodate them all.
While it doesn't stop them signing him, it does leave their interest in doubt. One of the Brazil internationals could apply for dual nationality – but according to Marca, that wouldn't be completed until January.
It is a boost for Mikel Arteta who has made Jesus his number one priority target. But in the same breath, reports have suggested Arsenal's hopes have been dented after City offered their striker to Chelsea and Tottenham too.
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The Premier League champions are said to be seeking a fee in the region of £45million, with two years still left on his contract. Jesus himself has said he is remaining calm despite all the speculation after finishing up international duty and starting his summer holidays.
“I’m fine – calm as always" he told reporters. "I’m looking to see what’s best for me and above all, for my career. From Tuesday, we’ll see what is the best.”
Jesus has been a useful asset for Pep Guardiola since his 2017 arrival. But the impending arrivals of Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez mean he has been deemed surplus to requirements.
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