Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United will have to wait for the next transfer window before battling it out for the signature of Gabriel Jesus, the Brazilian striker dubbed the ‘new Neymar’.
The 19-year-old has all but crushed any chance of a summer move after pledging his immediate future to current club, Palmeiras.
The Brazilian side are leading the Série A at the moment, with the season ending this December. Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, Inter Milan and Manchester City are also keeping tabs on the youngster, according to The Sun.
Speaking on Brazilian TV show Bem Amigos, Jesus touched on the transfer speculation and seemed certain a move to another club was a certainty in his future.
“With regards to a move to Europe, it has already been sorted. My desire is to stay with Palmeiras. I believe in my work and in the work of the manager, Cuca.
“We have a very good team today and like I have always said in interviews, and it is the truth, my desire has always been to stay at Palmeiras and I am not thinking about Europe. Today, my whole focus is on Palmeiras.
“We are fighting for the title and I am very happy here.”
Jesus will feature for the Brazilian side at the Olympics in Rio this August, with a January transfer move for the teenager looking likely.
The striker is in great form for Palmeiras, scoring six goals in his last four games and keeping the club rooted at the top of the Série A table.
James McDonald, Pundit Arena