Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus has rejected a contract offer made by the club.
City made an offer of £90,000 per week but the 20-year-old is holding out for a contract in excess of £100,000, report Daily Mail.
City opened talks with Jesus’ representatives around Christmas time with talks seemingly running smoothly before City’s abysmal offer was turned down by the Brazilian international.
It’s not difficult to understand why the young forward rejected City’s proposal having scored 15 goals in 31 Premier League appearances, with two long-term injuries hampering his progression during that time.
Also, Jesus has cemented himself as Brazil’s centre-forward option ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia and his camp firmly believe City’s offer doesn’t represent his progression or the football market.
Jesus joined City in July 2016 but remained on loan at Palmeiras until January 2017 despite the Blues paying £27.5million for his services.
Any talks between both parties has now been suspended until after the World Cup with Jesus’ focus being on the end of season and remaining fit ahead of the tournament in Russia.
Both camps share a sense of optimism Jesus will finally extend his deal that will see him remain at the Etihad Stadium until 2023, but for a bigger sum of money than £90,000 per week.