City manager, Pep Guardiola has identified the 22-year-old as the one to act as cover for and eventually replace Fernandinho in the squad but they also face competition from the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich for his signature.
It has been reported that City could become favourites to land the midfielder, should they be willing to offer Jesus as part of the deal, considering that Atletico themselves are on the lookout for a striker following confirmation that Antoine Griezmann will leave them in the summer.
Atletico Madrid have put Gabriel Jesus at the top of their wanted list to replace departing poster boy Antoine Griezmann.— FOURMIDABLES CHIEF (@City_Chief) May 19, 2019
And that will leave Manchester City in pole position for Rodri, should they let striker Jesus go as part of the deal. [The Sun] pic.twitter.com/4RHxWRcSeq
The Brazilian is said to be on top of their wishlist as he had expressed interest in joining them before moving to Manchester, with it being understood that the 22-year-old is growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of gametime under Guardiola this season.
Jesus has struggled to establish himself as a regular member of the starting XI despite Guardiola calling him the future of the club. The Brazilian though has still managed to score 21 goals in all competitions this season, despite 21 of his 29 league appearances coming off the bench.
His composure in front of goal would be an absolute advantage for Atletico, should they choose to pursue him in the summer.