Palmeiras director Alexandre Mattos travels to Spain to discuss a future deal for Gabriel Jesus with Barcelona
Soon after Palmeiras' 1-1 draw with Santos on Tuesday, football director Alexandre Mattos travelled to Spain with the task of dealing with some club issues.
This includes young attacker Gabriel Jesus, who has been tracked by major European teams like Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Juventus. The 19-year-old has been the biggest highlight of Palmeiras' 2016 season, and the demand for the youngster is expected to increase after the Olympic Games this August. Despite the work of agents to try and take Gabriel Jesus to Europe this summer, Palmeiras believe that he will stay in Brazil at least until December. On June 21, Barcelona's representatives, Raül Sanllehí and André Cury were present at the Allianz Parque to watch Gabriel Jesus score twice in the 2-0 victory over América-MG. In addition to the player's desire to stay, the Brazilian club heard from Barcelona that there is no hurry to define a possible transfer of Gabriel to Europe. Internally, the club have no intention of selling the attacker for less than his €40 million release clause. It's important to note that this clause drops to €24 million for Barcelona, Real Madrid, PSG, Manchester United and Bayern Munich.
According to Globo Esporte, Alexandre Mattos had traveled to Europe in late May, and reached an agreement with Barcelona for a first-option on 21-year-old Colombian defender Yerry Mina. In the contract signed by Mina at Palmeiras, there's a clause which gives the Catalans a purchase preference. Besides Gabriel Jesus, Palmeiras are analysing the market for new players. On Tuesday, after the match against Santos, Cuca spoke again of the need to have more options in his squad.