Palmeiras have accepted a €32m (£27m, $36m) bid from Manchester City for the transfer of Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus. The Citizens warded off interest from Manchester United to complete what would be their fifth signing of the summer.
Brazilian outlet Globoesporte reported that the player will now agree personal terms with the club before completing the transfer which has been going on for a long time. The transfer fee will be divided between the club and two entrepreneurs, Cristiano Simões and Fabio Caran, who hold the economic rights of the player. The forward had a talk with Pep Guardiola before deciding his next destination despite being given better terms of contract by United and Barcelona in the last few days.
Jesus will use this as leverage to further better his terms with City before completing the transfer despite not being able to join the squad for his commitments with Brazil at the Olympics. The forward scored 19 goals in 31 appearances last season and will add another dimension to the City squad following his induction to the team. In a recent interview, Jesus had confirmed that he had already chosen his next destination.
"My future is almost decided," he said at a press conference, as quoted by the Guardian. "My family, my representatives and Palmeiras know where I want to go but now I'm totally focused on winning gold for my country. The agreement is almost done but I'm completely concentrated here. Before I came here I was in negotiations but now that I'm here I'm leaving it to my parents and my agents. Before long my decision will be known."
City are also close to completing a deal for Schalke forward Leroy Sane as Guardiola prepares his team for the start of next season. City will begin their campaign against Sunderland on 13 August before following it up with a trip to Stoke City.