Man City agreed on a deal with Palmeiras for Gabriel Jesus in the summer of 2016 and he arrived in January the following year.
Prior to the Brazilian star arriving at the Etihad, however, there was no shortage of suitors for his signature. POne of those clubs was Juventus.
During the high point of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Italian press has repeatedly discussed Juventus' keenness to sign the striker in the next transfer window.
Exactly a week ago, Calciomercato reported that Juve had held talks with Jesus’ people and was ‘waiting for the right moment to accelerate’. On March 24th, Gazzetta dello Sport claimed that Juventus Chief Football Officer Fabio Paratici is "mad about" Jesus.
Italian agent Giovanni Branchini was the man authorised to negotiate Jesus’ move to City in 2016 and Calciomercato interviewed him and discussed a few of his clients, one of whom was Gabriel Jesus.
When asked if a move to Juventus from Man City is possible for his client, he said: “We are talking about a great footballer and a great club, everything is possible.
“The difficulties of acquiring power will lead to not making many movements, it is better to have who you already have in the house, there will not be a large market going out. Some clubs with great economic difficulties could give rise to some sensational exchange, previously unthinkable.”
Branchini also shared his thoughts on the rumours around Pep Guardiola's future.
“I am convinced that he will stay at City as long as City want him, as long as the team wants to maintain a certain type of profile,” Branchini explained.
“The only hypothesis I see is that if the owners should reduce their commitment or ambitions – which I don’t think will happen – he will accept the farewell, but he will never want to leave.”