Manchester City are leading the chase for 19-year-old Palmeiras sensation Gabriel Jesus, with Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Paris Saint-Germain among the European titans reportedly trailing in their wake at present.
According to the Manchester Evening News, the youngster’s agent is in negotiations with the Etihad club over a five-year contract at the 9/4 Premier League title betting favourites.
Not yet a full international for Brazil, work permit issues may yet lead to the youngster staying with the Sao Paulo side until as far into the future as 2018, but his signing will remain a coup.
But, what kind of player is the teenager everyone wants to sign?
Neymar crops up often when it comes to which world-class player the 5ft 9in attacker is considered the new incarnation of and the pair have plenty in common, being forwards capable of playing anywhere across an attacking three.
Like the Barcelona man, Jesus has also proven a prolific scorer since breaking into Palmeiras’ seniors, bagging 11 times in 14 appearances in the Brasileiro and four times in five games in the Copa Libertadores, South America’s equivalent to the Champions League, this term.
The 19-year-old also boasts much of the Santos product’s ability to bamboozle opposition players at close quarters with rubber-limbed changes of direction and barely-visible-to-the-naked-eye footwork.
His moderate stature has proven no barrier to savaging defences in a central role, with his eye for through balls, second-phase passes and ability to play himself in meaning he has little need to rely upon physicality.
Having said that, the young man who may soon hold an Etihad registration boasts one god-given gift that Neymar lacks by comparison, namely raw pace.
Already an adept finisher with his feet, arguably the only area of technical expertise not yet evident in his performance is an ability to trouble goalkeepers from range.