Contrary to the many articles from Brazil and England that Manchester City have all but signed Palmeiras attacker Gabriel Jesus comes news from UOL today that Manchester United could win the race for the Brazilian sensation.
Each week, the 19-year-old’s price seems to rise, which is exactly what his club intended. Now, the price has shot up to €40 million (£33.5 million) for a youngster who could well turn out to be the next Neymar and explode on to the European scene. This is because United have signalled their intention to offer that much to Palmeiras, despite being a handful of clubs who could sign him for a reduced release clause, as part of a stipulation in his contract.
Several high-profile Brazilian journalists have already insisted that Gabriel Jesus has chosen to work with Pep Guardiola over José Mourinho, no matter what United offer, but UOL have a different story. They claim that because of a verbal agreement between the player and club, he will join whoever offers the most money.
The clause in Gabriel Jesus’ contract allows Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United to sign him for just €24 million (£20 million), but by outbidding Manchester City, it would mean that the player himself would join United, if he honoured his verbal agreement with Palmeiras to go to the highest bidder.
City’s offer, according to UOL and others, stands at €32 million (£26.8 million) and Pep Guardiola has personally spoken to the youngster. If United’s offer is fact and not fiction, then City will either have to match it, in which case the player would probably move to the Etihad after reports that he’s enamoured by Pep, or risk losing this super-talent to their bitter rivals.