Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus completed a move to the Etihad from Palmeiras in the summer of 2016, for a price which many suggested was on the higher side considering the age of the Brazilian forward.
However, the massive €32 million investment made by the Citizens in the 20-year-old is already looking to be a profitable one. Jesus has made 20 appearances across all competitions for Manchester City so far, in which he has scored 12 goals and bagged 6 assists – stats which have given an exponential boost to his market value.
The youngster is now on the radar of multiple clubs throughout Europe, and the fact is that four of those elite clubs actually had the chance to sign Jesus before he completed his switch to the blue side of Manchester.
The report, which comes in from German publication Kicker, has claimed that the Brazil international was available for a bargain price of €25 million. However, none of the top contenders, viz. Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, and Barcelona, were willing to shell out that kind of money for the then 19-year-old.
In the end, it was City who decided to bring in the striker, just a couple of months after Jesus’ former side had let go of their main forward, Gabriel Gabigol Barbosa.
The youngster has since been paired up with Sergio Aguero up front at the Etihad. But with the Argentine superstar ruled out for some time after suffering an injured rib in a car crash, Jesus has the stage set to show his real capability.
Written by Sidharth Jindal
Sports fanatic with a passion for writing (predominantly football) and “Wants to live life to its fullest.” Writes about the Premier League on his personal blog.