Jose Mourinho could be about to strike an early blow against Man City.
Although the Paul Pogba transfer story continues to dominate the headlines, Manchester United remain in the market for another forward ahead of the new season.
To this end, Jose Mourniho has targeted 19 year old Brazilian sensation, Gabriel Jesus. Such is the Palmeiras striker’s reputation, he has already been dubbed the new Neymar by some in the south American media.
Given that Neymar is only 24 years of age, such a label seems a little strange, but that is neither here nor there.
In any event, Gabriel Jesus has gained notoriety throughout Europe, and has earned attention from clubs such as Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Real Madrid Inter Milan and Paris St-Germain.
However, according to the Daily Star, only Manchester City have made a concrete bid for the centre forward, offering Palmeiras £27 million for his services.
Nevertheless, it would appear that United aim to trump City’s big money offer by £2 million.
Such a price would be far in excess of Gabriel Jesus’ buy out clause, which is believed to be between £20 and £25 million. Stranger still, is the fact that the prodigy would not be able to join a European club until the conclusion of the Brazilian season in December.
Nevertheless, as he managed to net 15 goals in 19 appearances last season, it is easy to understand why Gabriel Jesus is in such high demand.