Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio has claimed that the Nerazzurri tabled a better offer than Manchester City for Gabriel Jesus, but the player wanted to play for Pep Guardiola.

The 21-year-old Brazilian forward has emerged as a key performer for Manchester City since joining the club in January 2017.

Manchester City agreed to deal with Palmeiras to sign Jesus in the summer of 2016 and it was considered a coup by many as several other European bigwigs were gunning for the forward.

Inter were one of the clubs who wanted to sign him and Ausilio admits that the Nerazzurri put in a lot of effort to get the deal over the line.

He revealed that Inter made a better financial offer than Manchester City, but claimed that ultimately the pull of playing for Guardiola did the trick for the Citizens.

Speaking to Sky Italia, Ausilio said: “We spoke to him for a month.

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“Our offer was higher than Manchester City’s and Palmeiras would have preferred to sell him to us.

“Then the boy and his agents let us know that he preferred to play for Pep Guardiola.”

The Brazil international has netted 38 goals in 80 appearances for Manchester City thus far.