Manchester United informs Palmeiras they're ready to offer €35 million for Gabriel Jesus
Premier League side Manchester City, who were believed to be closing in on a move for Gabriel Jesus, may have competition from their local rivals.
According to the information from Estadão and Globo Esporte in Brazil, Manchester United have informed Palmeiras that they're prepared to cover the proposal put forward by Manchester City. The team coached by Portuguese manager José Mourinho have signalled that they intends to pay €35 million for the 19-year-old attacker. The release clause of Gabriel is €40 million, but it drops to €24 million for Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain. An interesting factor is that United's €35 million offer exceeds this clause and also the €32 million bid from City.
Multiple reports from Brazil stated that Manchester City and Palmeiras have reached a verbal agreement for the €32 million transfer of Gabriel Jesus. City coach Pep Guardiola called Gabriel and talked with him for 15 minutes, and this was crucial in reaching a deal. But Globo Esporte claims that Manchester United may do same and use José Mourinho to try and convince the youngster.
However, Palmeiras coach Cuca proved uncomfortable with the consultation of the Spanish coach and gave personal examples to demonstrate how he acted in similar cases. Cuca said: "I talked to Tchê Tchê because I had authorization from Vampeta [president of old club Audax]. In the case of Róger Guedes, I had authorization from Criciúma. Have to see if Mattos [Palmeiras director] or the president authorized Guardiola to speak with Gabriel Jesus. No problem, as long as he stays until the end of the year."