Manchester City attempted to persuade Flamengo midfielder Reinier Jesus to reject Real Madrid with a “last minute” offer for the Brazilian teenager, according to Defensa Central.
The 17-year-old is expected to seal his €30m (£26m) move to the Bernabeu tomorrow, but the Spanish website claims that the Citizens tried to hijack the transfer by offering the player a €3m (£2.56m) a season salary.
City reportedly met Reinier’s €30m release clause and proceeded to negotiate personal terms, but despite offering generous wages, the Brazilian Under 17 international opted to close the deal with Real instead.
A whole host of clubs, including Arsenal, were reportedly after the attacking midfielder but it appears Madrid’s connections in Brazil have managed to get the transfer over the line.
Young Brazilian players such as Vinicius Jnr and Rodrygo have made a similar move to Spain over the past few years, and City’s attempt for Reinier looks to have come too late.