Gabriel Jesus has delivered a vehement response to speculation he was offered to Bundesliga heavyweights Bayern Munich in the summer, much to the delight of the Man City fans.
The Bavarian giants had long been linked with another City star – Leroy Sane – but a move failed to materialise owing to a combination of Pep Guardiola’s desire to retain the player and an untimely ACL injury suffered in the Community Shield August.
Bayern are expected to rekindle their interest in Sane over the next few transfer windows as their search for long-term replacements for ex-club stalwarts Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery continue, but a report in the German media has revealed that Jesus was offered to the Bundesliga outfit instead.
SportBild (via the Manchester Evening News) state that: ‘City were unwilling to part with Sane, offering Jesus instead in a deal that would have been worth less than £89million, but Niko Kovac wasn’t interested and rejected the deal.’
Jesus, 22, via his official instagram account replied to the post with a simple yet effective one word response – “Lie”.
The move predictably went down well with Citizen fans, with the reply being described as “epic” and “he’s going nowhere”.
Meanwhile, the Bayern hierarchy have given off mixed signals regarding their pursuit of Sane, with chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge’s latest comments appearing to contradict those from president Uli Hoeness.
Hoeness recently suggested that their interest in acquiring the German winger remains very much alive, but Rumenigge is wuoted in the piece as saying: “To be honest I have no eye on him at all because I don’t speak about players of other clubs in public.
“The FIFA rules don’t allow that anyway. And I will always stick to that.”