Manchester City close deal for the “new Neymar”

Manchester City are on the brink of completing the signing of 19-year-old Brazilian starlet Gabriel Jesus from Palmeiras, according to the BBC.

The news was confirmed by reports in Brazil:

The winger is expected to sign a five-year contract at the Etihad and will cost the Citizens £27 million. He’s set to join the club after the Brazilian championship ends, meaning in January.

Jesus signed his first youth contract at Palmeiras in 2012 and made his senior debut in March 2015 after scoring 91 goals in 60 games for the club’s youth teams up until that point. Consequently, Jesus signed his first professional contract at the former club of Zinho and Rivaldo before turning himself into a fixed starter for coach Marcelo Oliviera.

While that other Brazilian starlet, Garbiel “Gabigol” Barbosa”, is a more natural goal scorer, Jesus is a dribbler, a show man of the highest level, and therefore much more the new Neymar than his peer at Santos. Jesus has a tender build and keeps his gravity point low to the ground on the ball, a crucial skill for every dribbler to be successful. Just think about Lionel Messi and Eden Hazard. In addition, he uses his speed and creativity very well and has already mocked the best defenders in the Brazilian top flight.

The 19-year-old is close to joining Manchester City, who are ready to put the £27 million on the table for a player that was convinced to move to the Etihad after a call from Pep Guardiola. Jesus looks to be a perfect player for the Spanish manager, but he’s isn’t shy of doing the dirty work. “I don’t care about reputation. I just want to play and help my team win,” he said in an interview with FIFA.

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