Manchester United have reportedly told Palmeiras that their official offer for Gabriel Jesus is arriving soon, possibly on Wednesday.
According to Globo Esporte, the new bid will be of €38m, €3m more than what was said over the weekend.
But United still need to convince the player. Despite having made a smaller offer (€32m), Manchester City persuaded the youngster with a fifteen minute telephone call from Pep Guardiola.
Globo Esporte says United would be trusting their tradition and history to change Gabriel’s mind, and aren’t ruling out the possibility of letting Mourinho speak to him on the telephone as well.
Manchester United, alongside Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and PSG, are the clubs who can buy the striker for €24m due to a release clause. However, City’s bid changed the scenario, because United feel they couldn’t convince Palmeiras and the player’s agents if they don’t pay as much as their rival. That’s why they plan to outbid Pep Guardiola’s side.
Gabriel Jesus’ economic rights are divided between Palmeiras (30%), himself (25%), his agent Cristiano Simões (22.5%) and his former agent Fabio Caran (22.5%). That’s why a higher bid is more attractive, regardless of the release clause.
All the parties want to keep the 19-year-old at Palmeiras at least until the end of the year, as the club are currently on top of the Brazilian league table and don’t want to lose such an important player during the competition.
Gabriel Jesus is currently with the U-23 Brazilian national team as they prepare to play the Olympics at home. He’s expected to be a starter in a superb attacking quartet, alongside Luan, Gabigol and Neymar.