Real Madrid’s Jese Rodriguez has been a transfer target of Arsenal since the summer transfer window, but the pursuit is back on track after the striker has failed to pin down a regular spot in Rafa’s starting eleven.
The 22-year old Jese has only managed to play 132 minutes in Real Madrid’s 9 matches this season, spread over matches against Sporting, Athletic Bilbao and Malaga.
The lack of playing time has left him frustrated, resulting in a deteriorating relationship with head coach Rafa Benitez and Arsenal want to pounce on the opportunity. The Gunners are looking for a loan move in January with an option of making the move permanent in summer.
However Arsenal’s London rivals Chelsea has made a surprise entry into the scene and are keen to lure the player to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are struggling in Premier League and their lack of quality up-front has convinced the head coach Jose Mourinho to look for enforcements in January and Jese tops their list.
Chelsea want a genuine cover for their first choice striker Diego Costa after the likes of Falcao and Loic Remy failed to prove their worth. In Jese they must have a fast and versatile striker who can play anywhere in the attacking third and Jose Mourinho is familiar with the player during his days as Real Madrid coach.
Back in Bernebeu, Jese is regarded as one of the most promising talents to have come from their ranks and they are keen to hold on him. But they are willing to let the player go on a loan till the end of the season which help him get some playing time to aid his development.
The player’s agent has also grown frustrated with Jese situation and told Spanish newspaper Marca: “He needs to play more, that’s the best way to keep his spirits up. The club will have to make a decision. He’s training well, he’s strong and has to seize the opportunity when it comes.”
Jese broke into Real Madrid first team in the 2013/14 season with five goals in 18 matches, but his development was hindered by a crucial ligament injury which put him out of action for nine-months.
However the interest in the Spanish under 21 international is high and the likes of Inter Milan and Napoli are also monitoring the situation. Certain English publications also claim that Aston Villa are also looking forward to take the player on loan in January to help them stay put in English Premier League.
The scenario of Jese is much similar to that on Alvaro Moratta who was also forced to leave Real Madrid for Juventus after spending a season in the bench.