BARCELONA have reportedly contacted Manchester City over a move for Gabriel Jesus.
The Brazilian striker has allegedly been identified by the LaLiga giants as a potential replacement for Luis Suarez.
The 33-year-old has been told he is no longer wanted at the Nou Camp by new boss Ronald Koeman.
That discussion also factored into Lionel Messi’s decision to hand in a transfer request, with the forward unhappy at the treatment of best pal and neighbour Suarez.
The pair’s families share a close bond and regularly holiday together.
Barcelona legend Carles Puyol made vocal his support of Messi on Tuesday evening.
The treble-winning former captain tweeted: “Respect and admiration, Leo. All my support, friend.”
Suarez replied with two clapping hands emojis but he will not decide his next move until his lawyers have agreed an exit deal with Barca.
Now according to GloboEsporte in Brazil and AS in Spain, City ace Jesus is the man they hope to replace the Uruguayan.
And it has been claimed Barcelona have already made contact with the relevant officials at the Etihad over a possible deal.
It is not the first time the star, 23, has been linked with a move away from Manchester.
Both Juventus and Inter Milan are also believed to have enquired about him in the past.