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Manchester City seal Gabriel Jesus signing from Palmeiras

Manchester City have completed the signing of Palmeiras forward Gabriel Jesus for a reported £27 million.

Jesus, 19, has signed a five-year deal but will remain on loan at the Brazilian club until the conclusion of the national championship in December.

He is regarded as one of the most exciting talents to emerge from Brazil in recent years.

City fought off competition from clubs including Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, to sign Jesus.

The deal was completed ahead of the Rio Olympics, in which Jesus is part of the Brazil squad.

He told City's official website: "Manchester City is one of the best clubs in the world, so I'm really pleased to sign.

"We have many great talents in the team and a fantastic manager in Pep Guardiola, who I can learn so much from.

"I'm looking forward to showing the City fans what I can do."

City Director of Football Txiki Begiristain said: "We are delighted that Gabriel has chosen to join us.

"He is one of the most exciting young prospects in world football and plays the game in a spectacular way. We look forward to him making a big impact at Manchester City."

Jesus was named Best Newcomer in the Brazilian championship this year and has scored 26 goals in 67 games for Palmeiras.

He becomes City's sixth signing of the summer, joining Leroy Sane, Ilkay Gundogan, Nolito, Oleksandr Zinchenko, and Aaron Mooy at the Etihad Stadium.

Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @jonnysmiffy.

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