Report: Fourth-placed club monitoring Man City star Guardiola called ‘really brilliant’
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus are monitoring the situation of Man City striker Gabriel Jesus.
The Serie A heavyweights have closely examined Jesus ahead of a potential summer transfer. Massimiliano Allegri’s outfit feel he faces an uncertain future at the Etihad amid interest in Tottenham Hotspur talisman Harry Kane.
Man City are targeting a deal for the unhappy England captain after Kane told Tottenham that he wanted to leave. The Citizens have also marked the 27-year-old as the club’s number one target to replace Sergio Aguero, per ESPN.
But Juventus would also be keen on taking Jesus on loan if Guardiola makes the Brazilian centre-forward available this summer. The 24-year-old only started 22 of his 29 Premier League appearances last season, yet scored nine goals and offered four assists.
Allegri’s Serie A side – who finished the 2020/21 term fourth in the table under Andrea Pirlo – would include clauses in any loan deal for Jesus that could see him remain in Turin long-term.
Intermediaries have begun working on the framework of a transfer that would see Jesus move to the Allianz Stadium. However, it is currently too early for Juventus to open talks with Man City over signing the 42-cap forward.
TBR’s view: Man City cannot loan out Jesus
Jesus would certainly face an uncertain future at Man City if Guardiola is able to sign Kane this summer. But the Citizens cannot accept Juventus’ loan offer as they may need the funds his permanent departure would bring.
Guardiola has already distanced the Etihad Stadium natives via Goal from pursuing Kane and Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland as they would be too expensive. Yet interest remains high in the former of the pair, while Jesus has been offered to Spurs as a sweetener.
Tottenham may not want to sign the Brazilian, who Guardiola lauded via the Independent in February for being ‘really brilliant’. But they will need to spend to replace Kane if he leaves. Making Jesus potentially central to Man City affording and then getting their top Aguero replacement.
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