Brazilian forward Gabriel Jésus is officially a Manchester City player. The Palmeiras star joins City on a five-year deal and will be loaned back to his parent club until December as they continue in their pursuit of their first Brazilian title since 1996. Jésus had attracted interest from Barcelona, Inter Milan, and Manchester United but it was City who stole a march on the Brazilian.
Just like the news we exclusively broke to you after catching up with Txiki Begiristain, City have confirmed the Brazilian will join up with his new team-mates in December.
Such is the pulling power of Guardiola; it’s suggested that the Spaniard had a significant role in that decision. A fifteen-minute phone call two weeks ago sealed the deal for Jésus when he weighed up his options. Guardiola’s assurances to make the 19-year old forward one of the best in the world over the coming years were crucial in his decision making.
His participation at the Olympic Games in Rio is upcoming, and his role in the squad will be important should Brazil obtain Olympic gold. City were keen, along with the player, to conclude the deal before the tournament, so all speculation surrounding his future was dealt with. Palmeiras will receive a 5% sell-on fee should any potential future deal arise.
Jesus said: “Manchester City is one of the best clubs in the world, so I’m 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!”
City Director of Football Txiki Begiristain said: “We are delighted that Gabriel has chosen to join us. He is one of the most exciting young prospects in world football and plays the game in a spectacular way. We look forward to him making a big impact at Manchester City in January.”