Gabriel Jesus’ rumoured move to Manchester City is making headlines all across Brazil. The 19-year-old is arguably the most exciting talent to emerge from the country since Neymar, and all of Europe’s giants have been trailing him. Though there are different reports of how advanced City’s move to sign the youngster is, most agree that they are close to getting the deal done.
The player’s agent today insisted that nothing is definite yet, and that Gabriel Jesus’ future is still ‘open’. Though it’s common of an agent to be as coy as possible, he did confirm that the attacker will remain at Palmeiras until at least December, which would be a loan deal if a club signs him in the current transfer window.
Many Brazilian journalists now believe it’s just a matter of time before he becomes a City player, with Luiz Prósperi stating that Jesus will sign a 5-year deal worth around £1.5 million per season. Prósperi also believes a deal will be done before the Olympics kick off in Rio, an event at which Gabriel Jesus will represent Brazil.
A report from ESPN Brasil claims that as part of the deal for Gabriel Jesus, City are negotiating a first option with Palmeiras for academy sensation Vitão, a 16-year-old defender. City’s scouting network in South America, headed by Joan Patsy, is identifying elite talents in the football hotbed and City are moving to sign them up, with Marlos Moreno already on his way.
There are also reports that Gabriel Jesus has rejected Manchester United’s interest because he is enamoured by the idea of working with Pep Guardiola, who is a proven coach for developing young talents, unlike José Mourinho. Guardiola is ‘delighted’ at the prospect of working with with player and is reported to have spent fifteen minutes on the phone convincing him to join City.