The Manchester City fans in the Transfer Tavern simply cannot help but wax lyrical about the quality of their attacking players this season.
Pep Guardiola’s side have been in imperious mood for the entirety of the season so far, as the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling have stolen the plaudits with a mulititude of excellent performances. On the other hand, Gabriel Jesus (valued at £63 million by Transfermarkt) has had a relatively quiet season by his standards.
A knee ligament injury in the middle of the season has served to slightly disrupt his rhythm, but he has still managed to score 11 goals and provide 5 assists from his 32 appearances this season. Although the Brazilian is just 20-years-old, it seems explicitly clear that he is destined for an immensely bright future in the game.
The utmost respect and admiration Guardiola has for Jesus is remarkably obvious already, as his decision to start him ahead of Sergio Aguero in the Manchester derby back in December served to prove. Considering the magnitude of his potential to succeed in European football, it’s absolutely imperative that City manage to tie him down to a long-term deal this summer in order to stave off interest from rival clubs across the continent.
However, according to The Daily Mail, Jesus has turned down an improved contract worth £90,000 a week as his representatives are holding out for at least £100,000. The same report claims that Jesus wants to restart negotiations at the end of the season, and if that proves to be true then City should do everything they can to extend his contract until 2023.
At this moment in time, it’s difficult to argue there is a young striker in world football who matches the calibre of Jesus, so City would be foolish not to match his demands and keep him happy at the club. The rate of his development since joining the club in January 2017 is bound to have caught the attention of plenty of Europe’s heavyweight clubs, and City should be eager to stifle that interest before Jesus can be tempted with a move away from Manchester.
City will certainly need to bolster their squad in the summer transfer window, but the most productive deals they can conclude will be internal ones which ensure the current crop of talented players remain at the club next season. The importance of Jesus signing a new deal far outweighs that of any potential new acquisitions, so Guardiola simply must convince him to sign a contract extension in the summer.
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