The Paris Saint-Germain player has been linked with Middlesbrough and Roma, but the La Liga club chief says he fancies a move to the Canary Islands
Las Palmas president Miguel Angel Ramirez says Jese Rodriguez wants to join the club despite more lucrative offers from elsewhere.
The forward has failed to break into the starting XI at Paris Saint-Germain after his close-season move from Real Madrid, scoring one goal in nine Ligue 1 appearances.
Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka confirmed on Thursday he was hoping to convince Jese to sign from PSG, while Roma have also been linked. The Spain U21 international is also said to want a return to La Liga with boyhood team Las Palmas, although Ramirez has always maintained they cannot offer the same financial incentives as other interested parties.
Ramirez has already revealed that a Premier League side “wants to pay everything” to sign the 23-year-old, but he claims Las Palmas have never been closer to completing what would be a major coup, telling Cadena SER: “Fortunately, I’m seeing Jese closer to Las Palmas.
“We can’t compete financially with the others who want Jese but the player himself wants to join.
“[Friday] will be a key day in the negotiations. We’ve never been so close to signing Jese.”
The arrival of the former Real Madrid man would complete a strong week in the transfer market for Las Palmas, who announced the signing of Alen Halilovic from Hamburg on an 18-month loan deal on Thursday.