Manchester United are set to lose out to local rivals Manchester City in the race to sign Brazilian starlet Gabriel Jesus from Palmeiras, according to Globo Esporte.
The report claims the versatile attacker has decided to move to Manchester City after speaking with Pep Guardiola over the phone last week.
Manchester United were reportedly ready to offer €38m for the 19-year-old, but GloboEsporte claim the Red Devils haven’t followed up their interest with a firm offer.
Jesus, who’s set to play for Brazil at this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio, is highly-rated in his homeland and is considered as one of the biggest talents in South America.
It seems like the technically gifted youngster is set to continue his career at the Etihad Stadium, with Manchester City reportedly ready to pay around €32m to take him away from Palmeiras this summer.
Manchester City already have plenty of attacking options and are also widely expected to complete the signing of Schalke’s Leroy Sane this summer, so Gabriel Jesus could find himself in a situation where he’s struggling to get enough playing time in Guardiola’s first team.
United, on the other hand, already strengthened their attack with the signing of HenrikhMkhitaryan, but they could do with another winger this summer given the unconvincing performances of Depay and Lingard.