‘A player I really like’: Gabriel Jesus has already said he’s massive fan of one potential Chelsea teammate

Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus identified Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku as a player he has great admiration for just last year, amid rumours he could be teammates with him next season.

The Brazilian forward was speaking to ESPN in Brazil after scoring the decisive goal in City’s big early season win at Stamford Bridge.

Lukaku had struggled to get into the top of the table clash as Thomas Tuchel paired him with Timo Werner in an attempt to find his ideal starting attack.

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Jesus told ESPN Brazil last year: “They were strengthened by the arrival of Lukaku. He’s a player that I really like, a goalscorer, very strong, physically, technically. They have strengthened themselves and come even stronger” as transcribed by Football London.

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After a strong start to the campaign, Lukaku’s season tailed off, with the powerful forward ending on just eight Premier League goals.

The Belgian’s comments to Sky Italy at the turn of the year saw large sections of the Stamford Bridge faithful turn on the club’s record signing.

The striker outlined his desire to return to Inter Milan, the club he won Serie A with last season. Rumours of a return to the San Siro have failed to go away, with the summer transfer window opening in just a few days.

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Another forward who apparently wants a change of scenery is Jesus, who recently won his fourth Premier League title.

It has been reported today by AS that the Blues are the latest club to show interest in the Brazil international, with London rivals Arsenal also looking to secure his signature.

Jesus occupied a more unfamiliar role this season, mostly operating on the right of City’s attack. He provided 13 goals and 12 assists in all competitions this season, despite not consistently being part of the starting side.

With Chelsea failing to keep up with City and Liverpool in terms of goals scored last season, the signing of a man who has constantly provided a goal threat despite never being a crucial starter in England would be a shrewd bit of business.

Indeed a potential partnership of Jesus and Lukaku could actually be very exciting, although there is no certainty that either player will actually be with the Blues next season, with Lukaku’s future still shrouded in doubt.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.