Brazilian starlet Gabriel Jesus has formally completed his move to Manchester City from Palmeiras, the Premier League club announced on Thursday. City agreed to sign Jesus on a five-year contract in August, but the 19-year-old was immediately loaned back to Palmeiras until the end of the Brazilian season in December.
With City having now completed his registration, he could make his debut for Pep Guardiola’s side in Saturday’s home game with high-flying Tottenham Hotspur. Gabriel Jesus “I want to win titles and Manchester City is a club that is used to winning,” Jesus said in comments published on the City website.
Jesus, who can play right across the front line, is one of the most highly rated youngsters in world football and is reported to have cost City an initial fee of £27 million ($33.3 million, 31.2 million euros). He helped Palmeiras to their first league title in 22 years last year and has scored scored five goals in his first six games for Brazil.
Jesus’s arrival is a timely lift for Guardiola, who finds himself under intense scrutiny after last weekend’s chastening 4-0 defeat at Everton. It was City’s fifth league defeat of the season and left them in fifth place in the table, two points off the Champions League places and 10 points below leaders Chelsea.