With Pep Guardiola arriving at Manchester City, the Premier League giants were primed to hit hard on the summer transfer market.
The Citizens have already secured the signings of midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and winger Nolito, with an English record move for Everton’s John Stones and a world record move for Juventus’ Leonardo Bonucci reportedly being considered.
In addition, City have been in the hunt for Brazilian starlet Gabriel Jesus, who’s been dubbed the new Neymar, and is considered one of the two biggest Selecao talents along with Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa, who’s been heavily linked with a transfer to Juventus.
Guardiola and City are ready to pay £26.7 million for Jesus, says Brazilan newspaper UOL (via freelance journalist Zizouology), with authorized agent Giovanni Branchini handling the negotiations with Palmeiras.
The Premier League giants’ bid is less than the 19-year-old forward’s £33.4 million release clause, but higher than the £20 million clause stipulated for five European clubs in his contract. The Citizens hope to outbid the likes of Inter Milan, Real Madrid, and Barcelona for Jesus.