Gabriel Jesus, prior to his €32m move to Manchester City, could have signed for bitter rivals United for a cut-price of €25m due to a clause in his contract with Palmeiras, according to German publication Kicker.
The Brazilian swapped São Paulo for Manchester in January 2017 and he's since taken the Premier League by storm. However, Jesus was available to four European giants in a value deal before his move to City, with Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich all passing up the opportunity to sign the 20-year-old.
With no Sergio Aguero, the spotlight’s on Gabriel Jesus. pic.twitter.com/dkT6dNBvxR— B/R Football (@brfootball) September 30, 2017
Jesus has gone on to feature in 20 matches across all competitions for Manchester City, with an impressive return 12 goals and six assists skyrocketing the youngster into the limelight of world football.
When breaking through the ranks at Palmeiras, Jesus was often overshadowed by the performances of Brazilian national teammate Gabriel 'Gabigol' Barbosa. The ex-Santos striker earned his big money move to Europe a few months before Jesus joined him on the continent, moving to Inter Milan for €29.5m.
However, Gabigol has seen his popularity decrease after a poor start to life in the Serie A.
Moving out wide to accommodate Mauro Icardi in the Nerazzurri's starting lineup, the 21-year-old was shipped out to Portuguese side Benfica over the summer after registering just 10 appearances for Inter Milan.
With there now being a never-ending debate in Manchester over who's wonderkid is better, Jesus the subject of the debate along with United's Marcus Rashford, it's clear that José Mourinho's side, along with the three other European giants missed a huge opportunity in signing the Brazilian last year.