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Manchester City and Pep Guardiola confident of completing Gabriel Jesus deal

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is confident he has claimed his first victory over Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho - and other top European clubs - as they close in on the signature of Brazilian starlet Gabriel Jesus.

The Palmeiras teenager has been linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent weeks while Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich have made their interest public. But it appears his future lies at The Etihad, with the Citizens on the verge of completing a deal for the £26 million-rated forward, according to The Sun.

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The Red Devils - who are close to a reported world-record transfer for former academy product Paul Pogba - had been monitoring the South American's development for some time with the 19-year-old being dubbed the most talented player to come from the nation since Neymar.

It is believed he will remain on loan with his current club until December at the earliest before heading to Manchester.

His signature will be City's fourth arrival of the summer as Guardiola goes about shaping his new-look team. Ilkay Gundogan and Nolito have joined from Borussia Dortmund and Celta Vigo respectively while the Ukranian teenager Oleksandr Zinchenko was signed from FC Ufa.

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Much like the Eastern European talent, Jesus is one for the future and it may take him some time to adapt to the rigours of the English game. However, fending off competition from their local rivals and two of Pep's former clubs can be considered a relative coup for the two-time Premier League champions.

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