The Manchester City fans in the Transfer Tavern have been absolutely delighted with Gabriel Jesus’ impact since he arrived at the club in January 2017, and recent reports have given them reason to believe that another talented young Brazilian could be set for a move to the Etihad this summer.
Very little was know about Gabriel Jesus when he made a January move to Manchester in the mid-season window last year, but he has rapidly established himself as one of the most prolific young strikers in world football following his arrival. Jesus is just 1 appearance away from completing a half-century of appearances for the club which is truly remarkable considering he is in direct competition with Sergio Aguero for a starting berth, and he has suffered two major injuries during his City career.
Within that time he has scored 22 goals and provided 10 assists, but the impressive statistics don’t illuminate the tenacious work-rate and wonderful link-up play he provides at the spearhead of City’s attack. Jesus’ success proves that players can successfully make the difficult transition from Brazilian football to English football at a young age and, with that in mind, the Citizens faithful should be encouraged by recent reports which claim the club are set to land Lucas Halter from Atletico Paranese.
According to the Daily Mirror, City are hoping to beat Atletico Madrid and Roma to the signing of the 17-year-old Brazilian who is currently captain of the club’s youth side. However, Halter has only featured for the senior side on a handful of occasions according to the report, so it’s certainly too early to make any preliminary judgements about his potential to succeed in the top-flight.
Despite this, it’s clear from the acquisition of Jesus that City’s scouts in South America have an eagle eye for raw talent, so the supporters should be deeply encouraged by reports regarding Halter. The Citizens are clearly trying to build an empire for the future which has the capability to dominate European football for years to come, and they will certainly need to handpick talent from far afield in order to achieve their ultimate ambition.
City have plenty of defensive talent on their ranks, but Halter’s arrival certainly suggests that they are refusing to rest on their laurels and constantly seeking ways to improve, and if his impact at City resembles anything like that of Jesus, the club could be looking at their long-term successor for Vincent Kompany.
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