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City set for battle to sign Brazilian youngster

JOY: Jesus celebrates during Brazil's run to the U20 World Cup final in 2015.

JOY: Jesus celebrates during Brazil's run to the U20 World Cup final in 2015.

There is set to be a major transfer battle in Manchester, according to this morning’s papers.

Potential transfer activity features heavily in the national press again this morning and the media believe City and United are to tussle it out for 19-year-old Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus.

Dan Gibbs in the Express writes: “United are preparing to submit a bid of around €35million (£29m) to secure his services.

“Jesus is understood to have £25m release clause but the Red Devils look to have offered above the asking price in order to show they are serious about signing him.

“The Red Devils will have to act quickly as reports today suggested rivals City are leading the race to sign him and are close to agreeing a deal.

After several days of speculation as to whether City will make a move for Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin, the Mirror have reported that the Gunners feel the Spaniard has been unsettled by the transfer talk.

David Anderson wrote the story, saying: “Arsenal have been left fuming by Manchester City ’s attempt to lure Hector Bellerin to the Etihad.

“Arsenal claim City have unsettled Bellerin because of their interest in the highly-rated Spanish defender.

“It is understood the Gunners were so annoyed they contacted City’s chief negotiator Txiki Begiristain to issue an angry hands-off warning to the Blues and their director of football.

“Arsenal feel City’s pursuit of Bellerin has thrown a spanner into their negotiations with the right-back over a new long-term deal.”

Away from transfer talk, Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso has had his say on the effect Pep Guardiola could have on City.

Speaking on FourFourTwo’s website, the 34-year-old said: “"I have no doubt he will be able to impose how he sees football and how he wants his team to play," Alonso said.

"For sure it will take time but because he is so thorough and he is such a great worker and analytical and he will manage.

"The Premier League is very different from the Bundesliga and LaLiga. The pace is different and physically it is very different, but maybe it has also changed a lot more since my time.

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