Giovanni Branchini can’t see lots major movement in the subsequent transfer window, however concedes some “unthinkable” deals could nonetheless be negotiated.
Gabriel Jesus continues to spark talk of interest from Juventus and Giovanni Branchini, the man who helped to take the Brazilian striker to Manchester City , admits “everything is possible”.
The South American frontman has been at the Etihad Stadium since January 2017 and he committed to a contract extension with the Blues in August 2018 which is supposed to keep him tied to the reigning Premier League champions till the summer of 2023.
There have, however, been suggestions that the highly-rated 22-year-old should be lured somewhere else before that agreement comes to a close.
Jesus faces fierce competition for minutes at City from Sergio Aguero, with the prolific Argentine showing no signal of slowing down.
Serie A giants Juve are stated to be eager on offering Jesus the prominent role he craves alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Co in Turin.
Branchini admits that few big-money offers are likely to be done in the subsequent transfer window, given all that is going on in the world, however there is a chance that the odd deal which seems “unthinkable” could be pushed through.
He told Calciomercato when quizzed on whether or not there is any chance of Jesus linking up with Juve: “We are talking about a great footballer and a top notch club, the whole thing is possible.
“The difficulties of acquiring power will lead to not many transfers, it is better to hold who you already have in the squad, there will no longer be a lot of movement on the transfer market.
“But some clubs with fantastic economic power could lead to some sensational transfers that previously seemed unthinkable.”
Amid the talk of Jesus heading to Italy, there have additionally been reviews of City boss Pep Guardiola being a long-standing target for Juventus.
Questions have been asked of his future in England, amid a possible two-year Champions League ban and no contract extension, however Branchini doubts a move away from Manchester will be made any time soon.
He added: “I am satisfied that he will remain at City as long as City choose him, as long as the team wants to maintain a positive type of profile.
“The only speculation I see is that if the owners have to reduce their commitment or ambitions – which I don’t assume will happen – he will accept the farewell, however he will never choose to leave.”