Manchester City completed the signing of Gabriel Jesus yesterday for an initial fee of €32 million (£27 million) with an extra €4.7 million (£4 million) to potentially follow in add-ons.
But how would these add-ons be achieved? It’s standard for many to be triggered by appearances and goals, but in the case of 19-year-old Gabriel Jesus, they’re a little harder to activate.
According to Brazilian journalist Jorge Nicola, City will have to pay Palmeiras a €3 million (£2.5 million) if Gabriel Jesus is ever to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or – an amount Etihad chiefs would hand over with a big smile on their face if they have, officially, the best player in the world! If the Brazilian wonderkid is on the three-man shortlist for the same honour, City will have to pay €1 million (£850k).
City will also have to pay the Campeonato Brasileiro club a €1 million fee if they win the Champions League while Gabriel Jesus is an employee of the club. Again, something the club would be delighted to do.
So despite the inclusion of add-ons, it will take some impressive feats for Gabriel Jesus’ fee to go beyond the initial outlay of £27 million. And if it does, it will be money well spent because of the nature of the add-ons.