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Everything you need to know about Manchester City arrival 'new Neymar' Gabriel Jesus

Gabriel Jesus in action for Brazil U23s

Manchester City's latest arrival comes with a glowing reputation after scoring 19 times in 30 games this year. Dubbed the 'new Neymar', he has an eery resemblance to Robinho.

Gabriel Jesus in action for Brazil U23sGabriel Jesus in action for Brazil U23s

Pep Guardiola took his summer spending over the £100 million mark with his latest signing on Wednesday, splashing out £27 million for Brazilian prospect Gabriel Jesus.

Having already signed Ilkay Gundogan, Nolito and Leroy Sane, Guardiola added to his attacking options with the signing of the 19-year-old. However, with the Brazilian season running in tandem with the calendar year, he will not arrive at the Etihad until January. 

The skillful forward will not be the first Brazilian to have played his trade at City, £32 million man Robinho one of the early signings of the Khaldoon al Mubarek era. Gracing an eerily resemblance to the ex-Real Madrid star, Gabriel possesses an equal amount of skill, a typical attribute of any quintessential Brazilian striker.

That skill has led to comparisons with Barcelona forward Neymar, one of the latest flock of young Brazilians to make the successful move to Europe. And though Neymar may have had has critics early on - people often dubbed him a 'Youtube footballer' - his success in Catalunya is something Gabriel should be influenced by. 

Barcelona's NeymarGabriel Jesus has been likened to Barcelona's Neymar

Growing up in the Jardim Peri favela, Gabriel would often play football in the streets, a concept that has helped Brazilian players with their close control and skill.

He spoke to FIFA ahead of the Rio Olympics, in which the Palmieras talisman will spearhead the attack alongside another fledgling talent in Santos' Gabriel Barbosa, a player he is compared to by football website TransferMarkt.

He said: "I played street football from the age of seven and later went into the várzea," he said. "Sometimes I'd play as many as three or four matches a day: I couldn't get enough of it.

"It'd get to the point when my muscles would cramp up. It's football. I can't put my mind to anything else. I'm not interested in hanging out or partying. For me, it's all about the pitch: training, playing. But even when I go home afterwards it's football the whole time. I think I'm obsessed!”

His obsession led him to amateur club Associacao Atlética, famous for helping youngsters break into big academies. And after scoring 54 goals in 48 goals, Palmeiras decided to take a punt on him as a 16-year-old when he signed in July 2013. 

His ruthless goalscoring form continued into 2014, where he netted 37 goals in just 22 appearances in the Brazilian U-17 State Championship.

With Palmeiras in a relegation scrap in late 2014, he was forced to wait for his first-team debut. But upon their survival he was promoted to the senior ranks for the 2015 season.

Gabriel Jesus scoresGabriel Jesus scores

He was influential as his team won the Brazilian Cup that season, scoring three goals in nine appearances from the left wing. His full debut came in the second round of the cup in April with his first career goal coming later in July, the only strike in a two-legged tie against Agremiação Sportiva Arapiraquense. 

And in August he propelled a resurgent Palmeiras side into the quarter-finals with two first-half goals against Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto. Clearly in form and riding a wave, four days later the emerging talent netted his first career league goal in the opening minute against Joinville Esporte Clube. He then added a second in a 3-2 win. The Brazilian public had clearly taken note as he was rewarded with the Best Newcomer award at the end of the year.

He carried that form into 2016, and in February scored his first Copa Libertadores goal against River Plate. And in March, a return to his favoured central position under new manager Alexi Stival saw him really flourish.

Gabriel Jesus headerGabriel Jesus header

He continued to impress in the cups, but had to wait until May until the resumption of the league. With 10 goals in 14 games, he is the leading scorer in Brazil as Palmeiras sit comfortably at the summit of the table. It is no surprise then, that they have kept hold of him until 2017, as they chase their first league title since 1994.

Praised for his work-ethic and enthusiasm for tracking back in such an attack-minded side, his attributes soon caught the attention of Guardiola. Reportedly turning down the chance to join Neymar at Barcelona, according to the Telegraph, Gabriel was influenced by the opportunity to work with Pep.

Speaking to the Manchester City official website, he said: "We have many great talents in the team and a fantastic manager in Pep Guardiola that I can learn so much from.

"Manchester City is one of the best clubs in the world so I'm really pleased to sign. I'm looking forward to showing the City fans what I can do and I think we'll have a great future together!"

Signing a five-year-deal, it is set to be a long future, and though the relationship will not be brought to fruition until January, Gabriel Jesus is set to be a household name for years to come. 

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