Gabriel Jesus, 20, rejected the club’s initial offer of £90,000 per week, preferring to talk after this summer’s World Cup finals.
After injury threatened to interrupt the Brazil international’s season, he returned to first-team action in the 3 – 0 Carabao Cup final victory over Arsenal.
He played his first 90 minutes since Christmas in the 2 – 1 home defeat to FC Basel in the Champions League. After Gabriel gave City the lead, the Swiss claimed a pyrrhic victory as the soon-to-be-crowned Premier League champions won 5 – 2 on aggregate.
The youngster scored the only goal in yesterday’s international friendly as Brazil claimed some pride by winning in Germany. It was the first time the two sides had met since the Germans 7 – 1 humiliation of Brazil in the 2014 World Cup semi-final.
Better news came with reports that Raheem Sterling, 23, is open to talks over renewing his current deal which expires in 2020.
Real Madrid are monitoring his situation as they look to life after Cristiano Ronaldo. The 32-year-old Portugal legend is considering his options with David Beckham’s expansion franchise Miami FC said to be a favoured destination when he leaves the Bernabeu.
With Gareth Bale, 29, and Karim Bernabeu, 30, also reaching the end of their Madrid careers, Real are planning for the future with a new breed of exciting younger players.