Manchester City and Palmeiras have tonight reached an agreement for the transfer of 19-year-old attacker Gabriel Jesus, according to Globo Esporte in Brazil.
City will pay €32 million (£27 million) for Gabriel Jesus, of which €20 million will go to Palmeiras and €12 million to two entrepreneurs who share economic rights in the player. Barcelona and Manchester United made higher offers for the player, but he chose Guardiola and City. He will stay on loan at Palmeiras until December to continue his development.
The two clubs have agreed everything and only a few details remain, such as Gabriel Jesus himself signing the contract. He is currently on national team duty with Brazil’s Olympic squad, but he is eager for the move to take place having been convinced by a phone call from Pep Guardiola.
Europe’s elite clubs had all pursued the prodigious forward and this deal, when confirmed, will show the effect of having Pep Guardiola at the Etihad. Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Bayern Munich all wanted Gabriel Jesus, but despite their best efforts to woo him, with Barcelona even getting Neymar involved, the lure of developing under the great Pep Guardiola appears to have prevailed.
Gabriel Jesus has scored 19 goals in 30 appearances for Palmeiras in 2016 and can operate both as a winger and a forward. His explosive speed and great dribbling skills remind many Brazilian fans of past greats and he is viewed as one of the greatest prospects to emerge from the country in a long time.
Earlier this year, Brazilian legend Ronaldo tipped Gabriel Jesus and his close friend Gabigol for superstardom, while his former youth coach at Palmeiras, Bruno Petri, said: “He will become a major player in Brazilian football, and also the Seleçāo, if they have patience. He is a boy who is easy to speak with and work with and who is different to the others in the question of training, always giving more than 100 per cent.”