Juventus have been showing a lot of interest in Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus recently, and Pep Guardiola should cash in on him this summer, as he has proven himself to be nowhere near consistent enough during his time at the Etihad.
According to Italian news outlet TuttoSport, the Brazil international is at the top of Juventus’ centre-forward wishlist this summer, as they seek a long-term replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Following the departure of the legendary Sergio Aguero, Jesus is the only senior striker at the club, although Liam Delap is expected to be a part of Guardiola’s squad next season after a phenomenal season with the ’23s, which suggests that they would be very short on options if he were allowed to join Massimiliano Allegri’s side.
However, selling the 24-year-old forward could help to fund a move for the likes of Harry Kane or Erling Haaland this summer, as he is currently valued at £54m by Transfermarkt.
However, just 26 of those have been game-winning goals, which suggests that he often helps himself to a brace or a hattrick when City are already comfortable playing against weaker opposition, rather than him making the difference in big games.
His best goalscoring season in the Premier League saw him score just 14 goals, whereas last season saw him manage just nine goals in 29 top-flight appearances, despite Guardiola’s side running away with the title.
The Spanish manager is a big fan of him, however, dubbing him City’s “unsung hero” last season because of his work rate in attack, yet he still wasn’t trusted to start in big games that often, with Guardiola often deploying the likes of Kevin De Bruyne or Phil Foden as a false nine instead of using a striker.
The Brazilian forward was guilty on a number of occasions of missing big chances and has perhaps shown that he is not clinical enough to be trusted as the main striker in City’s side next season, and whilst he has featured on the wing on occasion, he is behind all of Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva in the pecking order.
Therefore, if City do receive an official offer for Jesus this summer they should definitely consider taking it, as he isn’t consistent enough in front of goal to be their main striking option for the future, and the money from his sale could help Guardiola bring in a world-class forward.
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