Manchester United have reportedly made an offer for Palmeiras’ wonderkid Gabriel Jesus. According to the Brazilian newspaper O Estado de São Paulo’s information, agents have revealed off the record that the Red Devils have bid for the player, along with Atlético Madrid.
The newspaper says that the 19-year-old has a €30m (£23.5m) release clause, but five clubs could get a discount: Manchester United, Bayern Munich, PSG, Barcelona and Real Madrid could all take him for €24m (£18.8m) due to another clause in his contract.
An emissary from Atletico Madrid and a company representing two English clubs recently made an approach to negotiate the player, but it was reportedly turned down by his agents. According to O Estado, Gabriel’s representatives want to negotiate directly with the clubs so they can get a higher fee.
Palmeiras would accept to negotiate the player after the Olympics, when Gabriel will probably be more famous among European clubs. O Estado have interviewed his agent Cristiano Simões, who confirmed the information:
“Until then, it’s certain that he will stay. After that, we believe there will come good and concrete bids. Gabriel is calm and isn’t interested in these subjects, but he knows that many people want to take him and he’s now the main player who Palmeiras can make profit with”.
Gabriel’s economic rights are divided between Palmeiras (30%), Cristiano Simões (32.5%), Fabio Caran (22.5%) and himself (15%).
O Estado de São Paulo are quite a reliable paper when it comes to sports, and they don’t get involved in transfer business unless they’ve learned some trustworthy information. This contract clause has been confirmed by Globo Esporte, who also tend to be reliable. The only difference is that Globo Esporte state the discount is €24m from €40m (£31.4m), instead of €30m.
Gabriel is seen as one of Brazil’s biggest prospects, having played very well during the U-20 World Cup last year. He’s been struggling a bit at professional level, but is still a regular starter for Palmeiras. Dribbling and speed are his biggest qualities, and he will certainly become a very good player once he starts scoring goals regularly.