Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Blues Waiting for Brazilian Golden Boy

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Blues Waiting for Brazilian Golden Boy

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A DELEGATION of representatives for Gabriel Jesus is due in the UK next month ahead of the 19-yearold's move to City.

Among those expected is Giovanni Branchini - the Italian super agent, who has helped guide the careers of some of the game's finest players, including Cristiano Ronaldo and his Brazilian namesake.

As Europe's leading clubs targeted the teenage striker, Branchini was mandated to help broker a deal.

And despite the interest of United, Real Madrid and Barcelona, Jesus was convinced to further his career under the guidance of Pep Guardiola at the Etihad.

It is believed that a bigger personal package was on offer from Old Trafford - but the brightest prospect in Brazil was advised to make City his next move as Guardiola embarks on overhauling the squad he inherited from Manuel Pellegrini.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach is eager to manage expectation of a player, who is leaving his homeland for the first time - and will arrive in Manchester along with his mother. But age and experience aside, City have recruited Brazil's new No.9 - and the weight of history that brings with it.

One of the heroes of his country's Olympic gold medal in Rio, Jesus has been described as the 'new Neymar.' .

Guardiola, himself, is convinced City have signed 'goals' - comparing his instinct for finishing to that of Sergio Aguero.

And the anticipation is that Jesus will provide competition for Aguero up front, at a time when the Argentine's future continues to be the source of intense scrutiny.

City's leading scorer has agreed a one-year extension to his contract - but his status as an 'untouchable' has been broken by Guardiola.

The Catalan's great frustration in his opening months in charge at the Etihad has been what he percieves to be a lack of ruthlessness in front of goal. Aguero has scored 14 in 15 games - but has also missed three penalties. …

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