Gabriel Jesus desperately needs minutes on the pitch. Ever since the Brazilian arrived at Manchester City back in 2017, he has spent time in the shadow of Sergio Aguero even though he was very effective with his performances.
Jesus however, has fallen down the pecking order and hardly featured in the big games this season. Pep Guardiola seems to have lost his faith in the 23-year-old and it might be time for the Brazilian star to consider a future elsewhere.
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It is understood that Jesus is among the list of players who are unhappy with their current role at the Etihad Stadium. Jesus, 23, still has a lot of time to mature but if he wants to play consistently, a bigger role at a club elsewhere might be the right choice for him.
Barcelona currently have only two frontline strikers in Sergio Aguero, 32, and Martin Braithwaite, 30, linked with a move away from the Camp Nou this summer.
The Blaugrana are in desperate need of a reliable attacker who can convert at least a percentage of the chances that the midfield of the former La Liga champions creates. Having said that, the Spanish giants might look to take advantage of their good relations with Manchester City and launch a bid for Jesus, this summer, Sport understands.
Sport has also mentioned the fact that Ilkay Gundogan could be a realistic option for the Blaugrana this summer as the Germany interactional, 30, runs out of contract in 2023 and it is highly unlikely that the Cityzens would want to extend his contract even though he just finished his most productive season in a Sky Blue shirt.
Gundogan was very close to completing a move to Barcelona in 2015 before he joined City. The German was said to have completed his medicals but the deal couldn’t go through.
Though the financial situation of Barcelona is still very delicate, things can get better for the La Liga champions as they look set to offload several of their players and lighten their wage bill.
While Gundogan is likely to stay at Manchester City next season as well, Gabriel Jesus could well be on his way out to secure some minutes on the pitch and Barcelona could well be a wonderful place for him to rejuvenate his career.