Palmeiras forward Gabriel Jesus is a step closer to becoming a Real Madrid player this summer. The Los Blancos is now leading the race ahead of rivals Barcelona to acquire the Brazilian.
Alexandre Mattos, Palmeiras sporting director is currently in Spain discussing terms for a potential transfer of the player. Certain sections of the Brazilian media are already claiming that Gabriel Jesus is on his way to the Santiago Bernabeu, according to AS.
Real Madrid and Barcelona were not the only clubs chasing the wonderkid. English Premier League (EPL) giant Manchester United and German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich were also interested in signing the youngster from Palmeiras, who has a release clause of $26.39 million.
It has to be noted that even if Real Madrid does sign Gabriel Jesus this summer, he will be sent back to Palmeiras on loan to help with his development. Jesus is currently fighting for the Brazilian Serie A title with his club and is also in race to become the youngest top-scorer of the league.
There is a sense of excitement surrounding the development of Gabriel Jesus and many are predicting him to become one of the best forwards in the game in near future. It will be interesting to see how he develops in the coming months playing for Palmeiras. He has also been named in the Brazil squad for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Gabriel Jesus has made a total of 10 appearances for Palmeiras this season, scoring 5 goals and registering 2 assists along the way. He has a shot accuracy of 56% and a pass accuracy of 70%, as reported by Squawka.
For those unaware with the talent of Jesus, here is a video of him.
Video courtesy: YouTube.com/G Element
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