We were heavily linked with a move for Karim Benzema over the summer (via the Daily Star), but were unable to lure him away from Real Madrid for whatever reason. Arsene Wenger looks to have given up hope of signing the French forward (at least for the moment), and has instead turned to his Bernabeu teammate Jese Rodriguez, according to The Telegraph.
The 22-year-old boasts a huge amount of promise, but isn’t getting the game time he wants or needs at Real Madrid. This has led to rumours of an exit for the Spaniard, with The Telegraph claiming that Arsene Wenger is among those monitoring the situation.
The report cites Spanish publication Marca, who have quoted Jese’s agent as saying, “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 has struggled for action so far this season, and doesn’t look any closer to getting his big break. He has shown glimpses of real quality in the past, but injury has prevented him from really making his mark.
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He’s arguably not of the calibre we need, although may have the potential to reach that point in the future. A striker is unquestionably still high on our list of priorities, but Jese seems unlikely to be the player who will carry us to the next level.