Manchester City have announced the signing of Brazilian sensation Gabriel Jesus from Palmeiras on a five-year deal for a fee of £27 million plus £4 million in add-ons.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 3, 2016
The 19-year-old forward rejected interest from the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Manchester United to work with Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium. He will return to Palmeiras and see out the Brazilian season, before flying to Manchester in January.
It has been widely reported that Pep Guardiola personally convinced the youngster to join City during a 15-minute phone call. Gabriel Jesus was so enamoured by what the City boss had to say, he even ignored attempts by compatriot Neymar to lure him to Barcelona.
Speaking to the official site, Gabriel Jesus said:
“Manchester City is one of the best clubs in the world so I’m really pleased to sign.
“We have many great talents in the team and a fantastic manager in Pep Guardiola that I can learn so much from.
“I’m looking forward to showing the City fans what I can do and I think we’ll have a great future together!”
Able to operate as a winger or forward, Gabriel Jesus has scored 19 goals in 30 games for Palmeiras in 2016 and is considered one of the best talents to emerge from Brazil in years. He is currently on national team duty with Brazil at the Rio Olympics, where he will be hoping to take home a gold medal.
Gabriel Jesus joins a growing number of elite young players recruited by Manchester City this summer, others including Leroy Sané, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Marlos Moreno.
Want to know more about Gabriel Jesus? We spoke to Paulo Freitas, Brazil’s Head Researcher for Football Manager and a former Sky Sports correspondent, about the young prodigy back in June.