Manchester City want to offer Gabriel Jesus as a part of a deal to sign Atletico Madrid’s midfield sensation Rodri in the summer.
The Spaniard has a release clause of £65million in his contract and Atletico are not ready to let go of their star for anything less.
The likes of Bayern Munich and Barcelona are already on standby for the signature of the Spaniard but Jesus’ inclusion in the deal could possibly entice Atleti to sell Rodri to City in the summer.
Rodri would no doubt be a sensational addition to City’s midfield, especially with Fernandinho ageing.
The Brazilian has been a huge asset to Pep Guardiola’s squad and the coach should have a long-term replacement handy when he chooses to leave.
But losing a player of Gabriel Jesus’ quality makes very little sense, notably with Aguero in the twilight of his career.
Jesus, despite having very much lesser game time than Aguero, has scored an unbelievable 21 goals in all competitions this season.
And at 22, Jesus is arguably the best striker of his age in world football at the moment. The Brazilian is well settled in City’s system and knows precisely what is expected of him.
Signing a new striker in place of Jesus will be a huge gamble because of the lack of quality in the market and also because of the transitional period to adjust into Guardiola’s system.
City without a doubt need a midfielder of Rodri’s quality in the summer but swapping Gabriel Jesus for the Spaniard is idiotic.
It’s better City pay up the Spaniard’s release clause and keep hold of Jesus for the considerable future.
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