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Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus is reportedly Max Allegri’s ‘favourite’ to bolster the Juventus attack should Cristiano Ronaldo leave this summer. Ronaldo has been linked with a move away from Juve in the off-season and incoming manager Allegri has already identified Jesus as a possible replacement.
The 36-year-old forward still has one year left on his contract with the Italian giants, but there have been suggestions the club might look to cash in this summer instead of losing him for free in 2022.
Despite his age, Ronaldo is still at the top of his game, having scored 36 goals in 44 appearances for the Old Lady last season.
He has been linked with a sensational return to Manchester United, while Paris Saint-Germain have also been mentioned as a possible destination.
Ronaldo is currently focusing on Portugal’s opening Euro 2020 match against Hungary on Tuesday, but did comment on his future in his pre-match press conference on Monday.
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“I have been playing at the highest level for many years, this doesn’t faze me,” Ronaldo said.
“Maybe if I was 18 or 19 I might have had some sleepless nights, but I’m 36.
“Whatever comes will be for the best, regardless of staying at Juve or being transferred.
“The crucial thing now is the Euros, it is my fifth Euros, but for me it’s like my first Euros.
“We want to play a good match with good thoughts from the first to the last match.”
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If he does leave Juventus this summer, then Gazzetta dello Sport say Allegri wants to bring in Jesus to strengthen his attacking options.
The Italian newspaper says Andrea Pirlo’s replacement as manager has ‘picked him out as his favourite’, but Juve would want him on loan because they don’t have the money to buy him outright.
Jesus’ future at Man City has been the subject of some speculation recently after Pep Guardiola’s side fell short in the Champions League final.
City look set to revamp their squad this summer, with Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia having already agreed to join Barcelona when their contracts expire next month.
There are doubts over the futures of Jesus, Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva, with Guardiola reportedly keen to make changes this summer.
Jesus scored 14 goals in 42 appearances for City last season but struggled to hold down a starting position, even with Aguero regularly on the sidelines.
His status could be further harmed by the arrival of a big-money striker, with City reportedly interested in signing Tottenham’s Harry Kane, Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland and Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku this summer.
“Sergio Aguero’s shoes are very hard shoes to fill but I am confident we will find the right player to fill those shoes,” chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak said earlier this month.
“There are other areas in the team that need investment. Not too many – it is not about numbers, it is about quality. But we will bring quality into the squad in a couple of key positions.”
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