Internazionale are planning to send £25m striker Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa on loan this season, after he failed to hit the ground running in Serie A in his debut campaign.
His high profile move from Santos last summer was seen as a statement of intent from the Nerazzurri. However, Gabigol has failed to replicate the success that his compatriot and namesake Gabriel Jesus has shown since arriving in Europe.
Barbosa has been on the radar of some of the biggest clubs in world football for a number of years, and was once deemed a bigger prospect than Man City striker Jesus. With four senior appearances for the Brazilian national team and two goals to his name, Gabigol featured just nine times for Inter last season, notching one goal in 111 minutes.
— Gabriel Barbosa (@gabigol) July 25, 2017
Jürgen Klopp has been linked with the striker in the past. However, a move to Liverpool seems unlikely, as the Reds appear intent on focussing their transfer efforts on other areas – namely defence.
Brazilian football expert Simon Kuper is also in no doubt as to his quality, as he told ESPN:
“Gabigol has something of Neymar’s light-footed speed, an eye for the assist as well as for goal, and a versatility that allows him to play as winger, No. 10, or a slightly withdrawn centre-forward.
“He is also more serious than certain Brazilian players. Even on holiday he trains with a personal coach, and his family has organized itself in service of his career.”
However, Bleacher Report claim that in addition to Liverpool’s supposed interest, Everton, Tottenham, Southampton, West Ham, Leicester, Stoke and Swansea are all keeping tabs on the young Brazilian, who claimed an Olympic gold medal in 2016.