Chelsea and Leicester on alert for Inter’s Brazilian outcast
He may have only joined them in the summer, but Inter Milan’s highly-touted Gabriel Barbosa could already be seeking to move on elsewhere. And that’s grabbed the attention of Leicester and Chelsea.
The Serie A giants splashed out £25m for Barbosa’s signature from Santos – beating the Premier League duo in the process – but things haven’t gone well for the Brazilian star in Milan.
Barbosa – or Gabigol – as he’s known in his homeland, has played a meagre 16 minutes of football for I Nerazzurri this season.
Boss Frank de Boer has left the 20-year-old on the bench for four of the club’s last five league games.
It’s no surprise then to see Italian outlet Calciomercato report that Barbosa is now eyeing pastures new in the search for first-team football.
With Leicester and Chelsea each pursuing a deal in the summer, both clubs will be on alert for the chance to snap up one of Brazil’s brightest talents.
The forward came to prominence after a 21-goal haul for Santos in 2014, following it up with another 21 strikes a year later and was sitting nicely on 12 goals from 29 games before Inter came calling.
It’s inconceivable to think Inter would cut their losses so soon, but should Chelsea in particular launch a sizeable bid, the Italian side may be willing to listen.
The two Premier League sides will certainly be keeping a close eye on events in the San Siro from now until January.
Should De Boer continue to ignore Gabriel, we can expect plenty more speculation over his future in the weeks and months to come.
Touted as one of the next big things, there’s sure to be no shortage of potential suitors should Gabriel’s time in Milan continue to stall.
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