Juventus Set Sights on Manchester City Forward to Partner Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus could swap the Premier League for Serie A this summer as Juventus set sights on the Brazilian. According to Tuttosport, the Italian heavyweights have placed the 24-year-old at the top of their shopping list.

Jesus’ future at the Etihad Stadium is hanging by a thread as Pep Guardiola intensifies interest in Tottenham Hotspur talisman Harry Kane. The Spanish manager is on the lookout for a household striker to replace Sergio Aguero and has earmarked the England captain as his top target.

After being quoted figures over £150million for Kane, the reigning Premier League champions need to raise funds from player sales to land the highly-rated marksman. City’s initial £100m bid for the 27-year-old was immediately knocked back by Daniel Levy, who continues to insist on a stratospheric asking price.

With Guardiola hell-bent on luring Kane away from London this summer, Jesus’ future in Manchester has been thrown into a corridor of doubt. The Brazil international has experienced mixed fortunes since joining City from Palmeiras in 2017. 

After racking up 50 goals in 131 appearances for the English powerhouse, Jesus could be on his way out of the Premier League this summer. Juventus are at the top of the queue to sign the striker, who might cost up to £51m.

The Bianconeri are in the market for a new forward to either partner or replace Cristiano Ronaldo next season. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner could end up leaving the Allianz Stadium this summer, though it remains only a theory for the time being.

Yet, finding an immediate backup option for injury-prone Paulo Dybala and underperforming Alvaro Morata is a more pressing matter. While the Argentine spent most of this past season on the sidelines, the Spanish forward failed to improve his lackluster finishing. 

So, new boss Massimiliano Allegri wants to add to his attacking options to increase Juventus’ hopes of reclaiming the Serie A title in the upcoming campaign. At 24, Jesus still has a lot to offer and could be a valuable addition to the Italian’s roster.