Earlier this week, we learned that Gabriel Jesus’ registration as a Manchester City player was being held up by ‘bureaucratic issues’. Little else was clarified, but that was the explanation for the lack of coverage from City after his arrival in Manchester.
More details of what has happened have surfaced today, courtesy of Globo Esporte, a major news source in the Brazilian’s homeland.
A small difference between Manchester City and Palmeiras, the club City have paid £27 million to sign Gabriel Jesus from, in FIFA’s TMS (Transfer Matching System) is what has delayed the 19-year-old’s registration. A deal can only be concluded if both clubs send the exact same details to the TMS – for example, if figures or commissions are slightly different, it will hold up a deal from being ratified.
The issue, which has not been revealed by either club, was not deemed major, but needed to be circumvented, and Globo Esporte reports that it was sorted on Friday. The last step is bureaucratic, with small adjustments and an exchange of documents required, but everything should be concluded early in the week.
Only after that can Gabriel Jesus be registered with the English FA. Until then, City can’t show official images of the Brazil striker nor sell shirts with his name on. The club is reportedly planning a low-key presentation, perhaps to alleviate any pressure on the player – who, it is easy to forget, is still a teenager.
No press conference or open event for the press is planned, with City intending to keep his presentation very controlled with images from the in-house media department shown to supporters and the media.
After a long wait, Gabriel Jesus could make his Manchester City debut against Everton in the Premier League on January 15.