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Gabriel Jesus’ registration held up by red tape; could debut for Manchester City against Everton

You may be wondering why Manchester City’s official channels have not made a big fuss about the arrival in Manchester of £27 million Brazilian hotshot, Gabriel Jesus.

According to major Brazilian news source Globo Esporte, bureaucratic issues are holding up the 21-year-old’s registration with the FA.

Because of this delay, City are not allowed to even show official photographs of Gabriel Jesus, nor can they sell shirts with his name on or officially present him to supporters.

This issue should be sorted quickly, but Globo Esporte claim that his most likely debut match will now be against Everton on January 15, after he had expected to be among the substitutes to face West Ham on Friday night.

The young forward is currently staying in a hotel with his mother, older brother and two friends until a new residence can be found for them in Manchester.

Gabriel Jesus trained for the first time today, separate from the main squad while club staff assessed his current fitness levels. Pep Guardiola wants Brazil’s latest number 9 ready as soon as possible to add more firepower to a team not short on attacking options, but often wasteful in front of goal this season.

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