Manchester City are willing to pay up to €32 million (£26.4 million) to win the race for Brazil’s latest sensation, Gabriel Jesus, according to UOL.
City, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Inter have all been reported as possible destinations for 19-year-old Gabriel Jesus, and the calibre of those clubs shows what a huge prospect the skillful forward is. His authorised agent, Giovanni Branchini, is already handling negotiations for a transfer to Europe, and City look determined to add him as part of their drive to recruit elite young talent.
The €32 million that City are willing to pay is below his standard €40 million release clause, but higher than the special €24 million release clause that applies to five clubs (Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and PSG). Like so many South American footballers, Jesus is not entirely owned by his club Palmeiras, who have just 30% of his sporting rights, so the fee would be divided among them, businessmen who own parts of his rights, and the youngster himself.
Another important thing to consider is that Palmeiras want to keep him until at least December, so the buyer, be it City or anyone else, may have to agree to loan him back even if they purchase him now.
Gabriel Jesus is being spoken of in the same light as Neymar, a dazzling young talent who is exciting fans across Brazil. Along with fellow Campeonato Brasileiro wonderkid, Gabigol, who is at the centre of a battle between Juventus and Chelsea, he has the eyes of Europe’s big guns on him, and according to UOL, Manchester City are very serious about winning this battle.
Learn more about Gabriel Jesus from our interview with Paulo Freitas, a Brazilian football expert who is Brazil’s Head Researcher for Football Manager and a former Sky Sports correspondent.