Barcelona's never-ending search for a fourth forward is getting tougher and tougher.
Manchester City announced on Wednesday the signing of 19-year-old Palmeiras striker Gabriel Jesus, one of Barça's top targets in the summer transfer window. Man City paid Palmeiras a €32 million fee to complete the transfer, and the player will join Pep Guardiola's side in January of 2017.
Gabriel Jesus was one of the hottest transfer targets of the summer, and he was linked to Barça, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Real Madrid and Manchester United before making the decision to play for the Citizens. Barça was reportedly very close to signing Gabriel two weeks ago, but Pep Guardiola made a phone call to Jesus, and that was enough to make the young player's mind about his next destination.
With Jesus joining the Citizens, Barça miss out on a third forward in the last 10 days, with Kevin Gameiro going to Atlético Madrid and Luciano Vietto signing for Sevilla. Plenty of names are being rumored, but these three were the top targets, and there were negotiations for all three. They're now gone to other places, and Barça still needs a fourth forward.
This is getting tricky.