Manchester United in vying for the signature of Palmeiras’s Brazilian prodigy Gabriel Jesus with three other European heavyweights – but AS claim that Real Madrid are the frontrunners.
The Spanish publication have said that sporting director of the Brazilian club Alexandre Mattos is in Spain with the intention of negotiating a deal with Madrid officials to bring Jesus to the Bernabeu.
The 19-year-old, who like many young and promising Brazilian forwards, has been dubbed ‘the new Neymar’, appeared to cease all interest in his services by declaring his intentions to stay with Palmeiras earlier this month, but now it seems that a move to Europe is likely.
The forward has also attracted the attention of Bayern Munich and Barcelona, and has a €24m buyout clause with Pameiras.
However, if his comments are anything to go by, Jesus wishes to remain with his current club at least until the Brazilian season ends on December the 4th.
“We are fighting for the title and I am very happy here.”
AS have also suggested that Gabriel wishes to stay in Brazil in order to become the youngest ever top scorer in Brazilian football history.
If Manchester United do persuade Jesus to continue his career in England, due to the complex nature of his rights, with agents owning fifty-five percent, Palmeiras thirty percent and the player himself fifteen percent. As such, any deal that would take this summer could cost in the region of an additional €10m.
Jesus’s inclusion in Brazil’s team for the Rio Olympics provides a chance for United fans to witness their potential new signing in action. Despite his age, there is little surprise within Brazil that he will don his national team colours with the entire world watching next month.
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