Report: Manchester City and Barcelona leading the race for Gabriel Jesus

Gabriel Jesus in action for Brazil U23s

Manchester City and Barcelona are allegedly leading the race to sign Gabriel Jesus.

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According to reports from Tutto Mercato, the duo of Manchester City and Barcelona are leading the race to sign Brazilian wonder-kid Gabriel Jesus.

Ever since Jesus broke into the Palmerias first-team back in March 2015, he has gone on to attract the interest of some of the very best teams in the world and it seems just a matter of time before the 19-year-old earns a big money move to Europe.

Understandably, Palmerias are not too keen on losing the services of Jesus anytime soon and his agent, Cristiano Simões, had gone on to state that interested parties would have to splash close to £33 million in order to land the services of the teenager.

Gabriel Jesus in action for Brazil U23s

Simões told Brazilian publication Lancenet: "€15m is not enough for him. That is much less than his release clause. He is not going to leave Palmeiras for only €15m.

"Gabriel is playing brilliantly, he is scoring goals and he has a €40m release clause. Of course Palmeiras are not going to sell him for less than that. If we receive a good offer we could think about it, but there is nothing concrete at the moment."

Nonetheless, Simões has gone on to encourage teams to pursue Jesus and had recently revealed that the young attacker is very keen on making a move to Europe in the foreseeable future.

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He told Calciomercato, "Palmeiras won't give any discounts and they want to keep Gabriel Jesus, so we'll see what happens. Playing in Europe would be fantastic, all the top clubs like the lad. We'll see what happens.”

Now according to reports from Tutto Mercato, a host of clubs such as Real Madrid and Inter Milan are involved in the race to sign Jesus but it is Manchester City and Barcelona currently leading the race to sign the 19-year-old.

Jesus is believed to be open to a move to Barcelona while the presence of Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium could also lure the Brazilian sensation to the Premier League this summer.

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