Manchester City and Brazil star Gabriel Jesus is reportedly in discussions with his employer over a new bumper deal.
The 20-year old has started this season in fine form with five goals in six competitive appearances. Jesus originally signed for City back in August 2016 but the player remained at Palmeiras until January. Upon his arrival, then-19 year old Jesus put Sergio Aguero’s position under-threat with seven goals in 11 appearances. And City are keen to recognise his remarkable impact by doubling his current salary.
Jesus’s current deal ties him down to the Manchester club until 2021 on a reported £70,000 per week deal, but City are ready to offer the Brazilian a whopping £150,000 per week contract in order to tie him down for the long-term, with a one-year extension added to his current contract.
City chiefs are believed to have been influenced by the wildly fluctuating transfer market which saw Neymar and Kylian Mbappe move to Paris Saint-Germain for £198m and £166m fees respectively.
Incredibly, the Etihad club sealed the deal to sign Gabriel Jesus for a cool £28m last summer. With a highly paid long-term contract signed, Jesus’s valuation would surely sky-rocket beyond £100m in this current market.
Back in April, Guardiola said of Jesus: “I don’t know how we got him so cheap, but now I think he would be expensive,
“Today the prices are crazy all around the world, so he would be expensive, I’m pretty sure about that.
“Before we got him, we expected a lot of things, but not that impact as soon as possible. He will be the future striker in this club for the next years.”
There’s a distinct possibility that any deal could also include a minimum fee release clause akin to Neymar’s Barcelona contract. Although that’s potentially a worrying thought for Blues fans, a release clause would ensure that should footballing giants like Real Madrid come calling, City would only be able to sell if his lucrative clause was met.
City are also lining up new contracts to tie midfield duo David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne down, too. The latter has been hailed by boss Pep Guardiola as ‘one of the best players he has worked with’ in recent weeks.