Manchester United prepared to trigger Gabriel Jesus’ €40m release-clause

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United are prepared to trigger the €40m release clause of Palmeiras forward Gabriel Jesus, according to Brazilian paper UOL.

The 19-year-old striker, dubbed the ‘next Neymar’ by many and backed by Ronaldo to be a future superstar, has also received interest from Manchester City throughout the summer.

According to UOL, Jesus and Palmeiras have agreed that, in case of multiple offers, the player will join whoever makes the highest bid.

With Man United ready to activate the striker’s hefty release clause, Jose Mourinho is seemingly in pole position to secure the young starlet’s signature.

A move to the Premier League is a monumental challenge for any player, especially for a teenager who was reared in the notably less physical Brazilian league. That said, Jesus possesses an astonishing level of raw talent; like most Brazilian starlets, he is superb on the ball, devastatingly fast and nimble, and has an astonishing work rate for a youngster.

Should he make the move to Manchester, he will most likely settle in to a role on the right hand side. Mourinho is already blessed with an array of options up-front, and will be keen to compliment Jesse Lingard‘s work rate and discipline out wide with some flair and raw pace on the wing.

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