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Juventus Set Sights On This Manchester City Attacker: Why He Should Leave The Citizens

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If a report from the Sun is believed to be true, Juventus are ready to step up the chase for Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus. The Skyblues are keen on Jack Grealish and Hary Kane even though the pair would cost around £175m to £215m as cited by The Athletic.

Although they never had financial constraints since the Middle East takeover, a few of their fringe first-team stars would still be offloaded to balance books. Fringe players with no Etihad future are being shipped out already, and the likes of Jesus and Bernardo Silva might follow the same exit route if suitable offers are received.

Even though the Old Lady were fortunate enough to clinch a Champions League berth for the upcoming term, the financial crisis in the wake of the pandemic has hit them hard. City want cash upfront to sanction the transfer and Bianconeri must find a way out to secure the services of the 24-year-old Selecao international.

Jesus used to be one of the most exciting Brazilian prospects when he completed a high-profile £27m (plus add-ons) move from Palmeiras. He soon started having first-team minutes under Pep Guardiola and eventually grabbed the ‘number 9’ role alongside Sergio Aguero. He also exhibited his versatility from the flanks and has fired in 82 times so far in 195 appearances across competitions.

Juventus target Gabriel Jesus celebrating his Brazil goal
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 17th Jun Gabriel Jesus during the CONMEBOL Copa America 2021 football match Game 6 – Group B between Brazil v Peru at the Estadio Nilton Santos in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.p Brazil v Peru – Copa America 2021 PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxBRA

Juventus Should Rope In Jesus For Long-term Objectives

Irrespective of his excellence in the attacking third, the youngster could not live up to the hype despite early promises. A dip in form cost him his regular status and the ruthless model of Manchester City has now left him with no choice but to ply his trade elsewhere. A player of his age should opt for gametime over waiting for his opportunities as the understudy to Kane, and therefore, he must seek an egress to resurrect his career in a new environment.

Juventus, meanwhile, lost the scudetto to Inter Milan. They reacted promptly by relieving  Andrea Pirlo from the managerial duties and re-appointing Massimiliano Allegri who brought them enormous success during his previous stint. The Serie A giants have enough firepower down the wide, however, the wastefulness of Alvaro Morata might jeopardize their title hopes.

Cristiano Ronaldo would always be a threat high up the pitch, but the iconic Portuguese no longer plays an active part in the build-ups at the age of 36. Jesus, on the other hand, has his best years ahead of him and he must make the most of it by settling down in Turin.

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