Man Utd transfer target called a 'phenomenon' by Jesus

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  • FT Desk
  • 1 Oct 2022 20:53 BST
  • 3 min read
FT Desk 1 Oct 2022 20:53 BST 3 min read
Gabriel Jesus after scoring for Arsenal against Brentford

Manchester United target Endrick has been described as a phenomenon by Arsenal's Brazilian top scorer, Gabriel Jesus.

Endrick has been on the radar of a host of European football's biggest clubs since January, when he scored seven goals in seven games at the Copa Sao Paulo de Futebol Junior, and United have an advantage over Real Madrid and Barcelona due to the Spanish tax man.

Whenever a La Liga club buys a player from Brazil, a 15 per cent tax on his transfer fee goes straight to the national revenue service, meaning the Clasico pair would have to spend more to get a player for the same transfer fee.

That may not matter for now, anyway, with Endrick unable to make a move to Europe until he is 18, which doesn't happen until 21 July 2024.

Endrick's fellow Brazilian striker Jesus has been lighting up the Premier League, meanwhile, scoring five goals and assisting three more since swapping Manchester City for Arsenal in a £45 million (€51.2m) deal this summer.

Oh Jesus!

Jesus was surprisingly left out of Tite's most recent Brazil squad for friendlies against Ghana and Tunisia last month, but he still had time to scout under-16 international Endrick last year.

"I saw Endrick when I was training with Palmeiras for few days," he explained to ESPN Brazil. "And I said: wow, crack, fenomeno! He's only 15 and he has top skills like a professional.

"I'm supporting Endrick, he's a top talent. He will need time."

How much time exactly has been elucidated by Endrick's agent, Frederico Pena.

"He has to play for Palmeiras until he turns 18," he said. "Consequently, he'll play at Palmeiras for at least 22 more months. "Endrick's contract with Palmeiras runs until July 2025. He can only move abroad from Brazil from July 2024."