Manchester City have taken further steps to securing the services of Brazil’s most exciting young talent, Gabriel Jesus, according to Globo Esporte today.
Following interest from Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, the 19-year-old last week decided to join City after a telephone conversation with Pep Guardiola, which reportedly ‘mesmerised’ him.
Pep’s charm offensive led to City making an offer of €32 million (£26.8 million) to Palmeiras for the striker, but then reports surfaced that neighbours Manchester United had, through intermediaries, promised to outbid City with a €38 million (£31.8 million) proposal.
United’s interest has not been formalised, Globo Esporte is reporting, but even if it had, the player may choose to turn them down anyway. Neymar, who is in daily contact with Gabriel Jesus while on national team duty, has tried to convince him to change his mind and join Barcelona, but even he failed. The call from Pep seems to have made Gabriel Jesus star-struck and not even the iconic Brazilian of this generation, Neymar, has had any luck trying to woo him.
However, City are wary of interest from European giants and have advanced negotiations and maintained contacts with Palmeiras, it is reported. The club also briefed the English press a couple of days ago, saying they were confident of landing the prodigious youngster, and the stories from Brazil today only serve to back up that claim. If the deal is completed, he is expected to return to Palmerias on loan until at least January.