Brazilian wonderkid, Gabriel Jesus, has been in Manchester City’s sights for the past few weeks. But their neighbors, Manchester United, are set to hijack the deal.
Gabriel has been the dubbed “the next Neymar,” due to his amazing skills and flair. The 19-year-old Palmeiras forward is believed to be the next big thing, with many of Europe’s top clubs after his signature.
The youngster made his senior debut last year and has been a crucial member of the Sau Paulo outfit. He has scored 14 goals in his 32 appearances for Palmeiras. – not bad for a 19 year old.
Manchester City have reportedly lodged a €32 million bid for the young starlet, according to The Mirror. The news source also reports that City’s boss, Pep Guardiola, phoned Gabriel in order to convince the teenager to join the Citizens.
However, Jose Mourinho is willing to throw in his persuasive skills in an attempt to hijack the transfer from his neighbors. And according to Globo, Manchester United have placed a €35 million bid for Gabriel.
Manchester United are one out of five clubs for whom Gabriel Jesus’ buyout clause would be €24 million. Barcelona, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, and Bayern Munich are the other clubs who are able to get the youngster at a cut price.
For Pep Guardiola, and all the other teams, Gabriel’s buyout clause will be set at €40 million.
If United and City get stuck in a bidding war, then it would most probably be Manchester United who have the upper-hand. The Red Devils have recorded and all-time high in terms of profit and revenue.
Gabriel Jesus’ current coach made a statement earlier this year, where he mentioned his desire to retain the Brazilian starlet until the end of this year. Gabriel’s current team are believed to only own a third of his financial rights.