Manchester City’s £27m forward lined up for debut

Manchester City have completed the £27million signing of Gabriel Jesus, who could make his debut against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.

The Blues agreed the transfer of the 19-year-old back in the summer, but allowed him to remain at Palmeiras for the remainder of the season. Jesus will be pleased that such a decision was made, as he ended the season as a league champion for the Sao Paolo club for whom he scored 12 goals in 27 Campeonato Serie A games.

He has now arrived in England where he has tied up all the formalities of his move to Manchester, and he could feature against Mauricio Pochettino’s side on Saturday in a game City will be eager to win to keep in touch with the chasing pack. And the teenager is certainly ready to make his mark for his new employers.

“I want to win titles and Manchester City is a club that is used to winning,” Jesus, who has four goals in six international appearances, told the club’s official website. “City is a club that always competes for the title in the competitions it enters, so that was an important factor, and because of the manager, [Pep] Guardiola, and the squad.”

City welcome second-placed Spurs to the Etihad Stadium knowing that three points is vital if they are to stand a chance of reclaiming the Premier League title they last won in 2014. Guardiola’s side, who were thumped 4-0 against Everton at Goodison Park last weekend, are currently 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.

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