Paris Saint Germain are interested in signing Gabriel Jesus if they are forced to sell Kylian Mbappe.
PSG have been subject to two blockbuster bids for Mbappe, who is reportedly eager to join the Spanish giants this summer.
Madrid president Florentino Perez is said to be desperate to get one over on PSG, who refused to join the Perez-led plans for the Super League earlier this year, an initiative Madrid are still keen on.
Los Blancos submitted their most recent bid of €170million (£146m) on Thursday, a massive fee for a player who is out of contract next summer. It is unclear whether PSG sporting director Leonardo will accept the proposal for the 22-year-old, but they have already identified their replacement if reports are to be believed.
Jesus – who has started the season excellently after reinventing himself as a right-sided attacker – is top of PSG’s list, according to O Globo, [via The Sun]. The Brazilian attacker has been involved in speculation linking him away from City throughout the summer, as Pep Guardiola looks for a focal point in attack.
However, in light of Jesus’ recent development on the wing, Guardiola might reconsider the idea that the 24-year-old is a dispensable part of the City attack.
If a deal for Mbappe goes through, PSG could make the decision of Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain easy with a monster bid that would prove too tempting to reject. Of course, City are a major player in any transfer market. Still, funds raised for Jesus might be considered better used on an out-and-out striker, owing to the already creative excellent options Guardiola has at his disposal.
Elsewhere, Bernardo Silva continues to be linked away from City, with a move to AC Milan appearing to be the most likely destination if he is to leave the Etihad.
Bernardo has started the Premier League season in fine fettle, assisting Ferran Torres’ second goal as City ran out 5-0 winners over Arsenal on Saturday.
Guardiola has confirmed that the Portuguese international has approached him to admit he would like to move away from City this summer, with reports suggesting he would prefer a move closer to his native Portugal.
However, the Catalan manager reiterated his feelings toward the 27-year-old on Saturday, dubbing him “exceptional” against Arsenal.
“Bernardo in his mind is happy – happy in his life and what a player,” the City boss told journalists in the post-match press conference.
“The year we won the Premier League with 98 points, he was the best player in the Premier League.
“All I want is his happiness. He can play in different positions. He always plays good, and today he played exceptionally again.”