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Barcelona Identify This Manchester City Striker As A Summer Target: Good Option For Xavi?

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In a recent report, Marca has mentioned that Barcelona have identified Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus as a summer target. It is believed that the Catalan giants are planning to move in for the Brazilian striker during the summer transfer window.

Jesus’ Impressive Run Of Form In Manchester This Season

Jesus is having a decent campaign at the Etihad Stadium after producing a handful of productive performances as the focal point of Man City’s attack. The Brazilian striker has found the back of the net on seven occasions and picked up 11 assists in 33 matches for the Mancunian outfit this season in all competitions.

The ex-Palmeiras talent has been a consistent performer in the final third based on his average of 2.2 shots, 1.2 key passes and 1.5 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League. He has even been accurate with his ball distribution after making 85.6% of his attempted passes in the top tier of English football (stats via whoscored).

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 10: Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City celebrates after scoring their side’s second goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium on April 10, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Is Jesus A Good Option For Barcelona?

Jesus has decent pace under his belt and can make some intelligent runs with the ball in the opposition half. He is primarily a striker but can also play as a winger on either flank if needed.

The Brazil international can score some important goals for his team but needs to be more consistent with his productivity on the attacking end of the field. However, he deserves credit for improving his overall link-up play on the wide areas.

At 25, Jesus has got his best years ahead of him which makes him a perfect option for Barca to consider during the summer transfer period. He could help the Catalans challenge for some top honours over the next few seasons.

The Brazilian sensation will add more firepower to Xavi‘s attack and could serve as a good, long-term replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the Nou Camp. Thus, Xavi should prioritise on getting a deal done for Jesus when the transfer window reopens later this summer. The Man City star could also use a change of scenery this summer so that he can earn regular game time in the coming seasons.

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