It has been widely reported that the latest sensation to come out of Brazil, Gabriel Jesus, is set to become a Manchester City player for a fee in the region of £26 million.
Potentially delaying this deal from being completed, however, is the 19-year-old’s participation in the Rio Olympics, where he will represent hosts Brazil. This wait, coupled with rumours from Spain in the past 24 hours that Barcelona will make one final effort for him, may have City fans on edge about losing this prodigious talent.
However, there have been three reports in the past few hours to give fresh optimism about the deal being concluded.
From the English newspapers, The Sun’s back page exclaims that City have beaten Barcelona to Gabriel Jesus and clinched a £28.6 million deal. Meanwhile, the Telegraph’s James Ducker states in his article tonight that City are optimistic of completing a £26 million deal for the player, but that his involvement in the Olympics is holding it up.
The final report is the one that should get Blues very excited, though. Mauro Cezar is a very reliable Brazilian journalist, not known to gossip and who only tends to report news when he is sure. Tonight, he states that Gabriel Jesus could be announced as a Manchester City player as soon as Wednesday. Everything is agreed and only his signature is missing.
Gabriel Jesus será anunciado, amanhã provavelmente, como novo jogador do @ManCity Falta uma assinatura para oficializar o negócio
— Mauro Cezar (@MauroCezarESPN) August 2, 2016
We have just welcomed one of European football’s top young prospects, Leroy Sané, to the Etihad, and he could be followed imminently by one of South America’s rising stars. Add in another pair of wonderkids, Marlos Moreno and Oleksandr Zinchenko, plus one of the world’s best academies filled with major prospects, and it’s clear that City are building for a long and prosperous future.