13/07/2021; 1:28 PM By : Steven D. Thompson
According to reports coming out of Italy, Juventus has made Manchester City and Brazil striker Gabriel Jesus their primary transfer target. The Italian superpower is keen to bring the striker to Turin regardless of the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo might not leave.
As Tuttosport reports, Jesus tops a list of transfer targets made by the Juve chief in a weekend meeting. Other names on the list include Mauro Icardi, Andrea Belotti, Dusan Vlahovic, and Juventus former striker Moise Kean.
The Italian giants are desperate to add more firepower to the team after the disappointment of last season. After winning the Italian Serie A title for a record nine consecutive seasons, Juventus finished fourth on the table last season, finishing 13 points behind eventual champions Inter Milan.
The 24-year-old Brazilian has struggled to make himself a regularr in Guardiola’s team. With the Spaniard preferring to play with a false nine in some games rather than a traditional number nine, this is a remarkable feat.
Juve chiefs believe that lack of playing time and the potential arrival of Harry Kane to the Etihad might sway the Brazilian in their favour. Juve is now most bookmakers’ favourite to secure the services of the Brazilian international.
Juventus right-back and a fellow Brazilian Danilo has given his full backing should the move go through. Danilo, who was also Jesus’ teammate at Manchester City before joining the Old Lady, said he could get even better with the Italian outfit.
Implying the potential of Gabriel Jesus, Danilo said that Italy could be a better opportunity for him to sharpen his talents. He added that he would bring Jesus to Juve if he had such an option.
Jesus, who has two years remaining on his current City contract, has made a total of 195 appearances for City in all competitions, scored 82 goals, and provided 34 assists.