According to the latest reports from England, both the Manchester clubs are in a bilateral race to sign Brazilian young prodigy Gabriel Jesus.
A bidding war is expected between the two Manchester clubs for the Palmeiras striker as Manchester United have offered to pay 29 million pounds ($38 million) for the 19-year-old.
The sum offered is reportedly 2.5 million pounds ($3.28 million) more than Manchester City’s offer. The youngster who is dubbed as ‘new Neymar’, has attracted interest from a host of elite clubs across Europe and the Manchester clubs are keen to close the deal before the other clubs come to sign the youngster.
The 19-year old has been selected to the next month’s Olympic squad and is expected to shine in the tournament. City’s manager Pep Guardiola has reportedly spoken to the youngster and the club is keen to sign the player.
However, Jesus is expected to stay in the Brazilian league until December before officially moving to his next club even if the deal is finalized before August 31.
The Brazilian’s release clause was about 40 million euros but the club has reduced it to 24 million euros for other big clubs to compete for him. But with the Premier League clubs in the race, the discount is reportedly scrapped off.
Jesus is currently Brazilian Serie A’s top scorer with 10 goals from 14 matches and is also joint third assist maker in the league with four assists.