KEIR RADNEDGE in BRASILIA: Palmeiras forward Gabriel Jesus, hoping to line up here tomorrow as Brazil open their bid to win Olympic football gold for the first time, has agreed to join Manchester City.
The 19-year-old reportedly rejected offer to join rivals Manchester City and Barcelona because he wanted to work with City manager Pep Guardiola and considered he had a better chance of regular first-team football.
Jesus attracted interest from across Europe after scoring 19 goals in 30 games this season for Palmeiras with whom he will complete the Brazilian domestic season before moving to the Premier League at the start of next year.
The fee is reported in Brazil at £40m for a £250,000-a-week contract.
Not all of the fee would to Palmeiras. The Brazilian club is believed to be likely to receiver £25m with the balance of £15m being shared among the the consortium which owns a share in his contract.
Reports in Brazil have claimed that the player owns a 25pc share in the consortium.
Jesus will become Guardiola’s fourth high-profile signing of the summer after the arrival of Leroy Sane, Ilkay Gundogan and Nolito.