Much-coveted Brazilian starlet Gabriel Jesus has put an end to one of the summer's biggest transfer sagas, revealing that he has snubbed a move to Europe to stay one more season at Palmeiras. Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter Milan were all interested in securing his services, but the 19-year-old forward has said he wants to continue his development in his homeland.
Gabriel Jesus has attracted the attentions of a number of European clubs, with some tipping the youngster to be the best thing to emerge from Brazil since former Santos star Neymar. He is set to partner the Barcelona frontman in this summer's Olympic Games, having netted nine goals in 11 league appearances for Palmeiras this season.
Barcelona originally looked like the front-runners to sign the youngster, with Sport reporting the Catalans had identified him as a top priority for the future.
However, Marca later suggested that Real Madrid would hijack any Barcelona move, with Los Blancos ready to meet the player's €24m (£20.3m, $26.8m) release clause and lure him to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Inter Milan president Erick Thohir also added that the Serie A giants were making every effort available to sign the youngster, with other reports also linking Manchester City and Manchester United to a possible move.
But Gabriel Jesus has told all of the European sides to take a seat, as he feels a move during the current transfer window would be too soon for his development.
"A move to Europe? I have already made the decision. My wish is to remain at Palmeiras," he said to Canal Sportv. "I've got a lot of faith in my work, in the team and in the managing work of Cuca. We're an excellent team. As I've always said in my interviews, the truth is that I always wanted to stay at Palmeiras and I don't think about moving to Europe. My focus is entirely on Palmeiras. We're fighting to win the championship and I'm very happy here."
Sport suggests Barcelona could keep everyone happy by signing the player now and letting him stay on loan at Palmeiras for the remainder of the campaign. The La Liga outfit are known to be keen to bolster their attack with a new signing and the Brazilian would be one for the future.