Manchester City has completed a £27 million move for 19-year-old striker Gabriel Jesus from Palmeiras. The Brazilian has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with the club.
Jesus, who is set to represent his country in the Olympics games in Rio, will stay in Brazil with Palmeiras until December when he will make the move to England.
“Manchester City is one of the best clubs in the world so I’m really pleased to sign,” Jesus told City’s official website.
“We have many great talents in the team and a fantastic manager in Pep Guardiola that I can learn so much from.
“I’m looking forward to showing the City fans what I can do and I think we’ll have a great future together!”
City Director of Football Txiki Begiristain said: “We are delighted that Gabriel has chosen to join us. He is one of the most exciting young prospects in world football and plays the game in a spectacular way. We look forward to him making a big impact at Manchester City in January.”
Jesus is considered one of the biggest talents in Brazil together with Gabriel Barbosa of Santos who will also feature for Brazil at the Olympics. Striker legend Ronaldo is just one of many admirers of Jesus and his namesake at Santos.
“I am betting on two great talents that are still developing but already show a lot of skill: Santos’ Gabigol and Palmeiras’ Gabriel Jesus,” Ronaldo said. “And they haven’t even turned 20 yet.”