Man City willing to pay £26.7m to beat Euro giants to teenage sensation

Manchester City are ready to pay a massive €32m (£26.7m) for Palmeiras’ 19-year-old starlet Gabriel Jesus, according to reports from UOL Esporte.

The teenage attacker has emerged as one of the star’s of Brazilian football, with his fledgling performances in Serie A and Copa Libertadores action enough to earn him a spot in the Selecao’s U-23 ranks for the looming Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro.

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Jesus’ performances have, naturally, attracted much attention, with reports having suggested that the Citizens, alongside Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, are keen on him, and now UOL Esporte have gone a step further by claiming that they’re willing to pay as much as £26.7m for him.

However, it’s understood that a deal for the starlet will be far from simple, with Palmeiras only in possession of 30% of his economic rights.

The remaining 70% are in the possession of third party investors, and with Premier League rules forbidding such circumstances, a deal will need to be agreed with all of the parties involved.

Further to this, Palmeiras want to keep Jesus for the remainder of the calendar year as they aim to win the Brazilian Serie A – which runs from winter to winter – meaning that a 2017 arrival at Man City is the most feasible outcome.

The Manchester heavyweights’ interest in the youngster is nothing new, with reports in last month having revealed that they were keen on him.