Pep Guardiola will try to prevent Gabriel Jesus leaving Manchester City for Juventus, but still wants more from the Brazilian, according to a report.
Jesus has performed well in the role of backup to Sergio Aguero over the past few years, and may be a worthy successor to the Argentine striker when he eventually departs the Etihad Stadium.
However, with the Brazilian pushing for more gametime, he may seek that elsewhere – and Juventus have been interested for some time.
The Italian champions remain on the lookout for a centre-forward to help bring the best out of Cristiano Ronaldo, with Jesus one of their top targets, alongside the likes of Mauro Icardi.
According to Calciomercato, though, Guardiola will try to block Jesus’ exit, and is prepared to tell the City board that they should not make him available for sale at any cost.
It is claimed that Guardiola regards Jesus as someone who has the potential to become one of the three best centre-forwards in the world, a ceiling he is yet to reach.
Jesus, who is 23 years old, remains under contract at the Etihad Stadium until 2023, two years after Aguero’s deal is set to expire.
Guardiola himself has been linked with a move to Turin to take over as Juventus manager, but someone who used to play for him and the Italian club denies that it would be fair to appoint him to succeed Maurizio Sarri.
The former Barcelona boss’ man-management has been called into question, leading to claims Juventus would be better off staying put with Sarri, who spent last season in the Chelsea dugout.