MANCHESTER UNITED have reportedly made a bid for Brazilian teen star Gabriel Jesus.
The 18-year-old Palmeiras forward has been tipped for big things and has been labelled a better prospect than Neymar.
And Brazilian newspaper O Estado de Sao Paulo claims the Old Trafford giants and Spanish side Atletico Madrid have made a bid for the player.
The report states: “Jesus has a £23.5m release clause but United are one of five clubs which are able to sign him for a reduced price of £18.8m.
“European giants Bayern Munich, Paris St Germain, Real Madrid and Barcelona are also reported to benefit from this additional clause.
“The report does not state the value of United’s bid or if it was close to the £18.8m fee.”
The paper also confirmed that an Atletico representative and a company representing two English clubs approached Jesus’ agent Cristiano Simoes about a possible deal which was rejected.
They claim Jesus’ agents want to negotiate directly with clubs in order to receive a bigger slice of the transfer fee.
A deal may be complicated by the fact that Palmeiras only own 30 per cent of the teenager’s economic rights, with the remainder split between Simoes (32.5 per cent), fellow businessman Fabio Caran (22.5 per cent) and Jesus himself (15 per cent).