Sun. Oct 25th, 2020

Chelsea Among Clubs in Race for Inter Striker Gabigol as Flamengo Talks Stall

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​Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are all understood to have joined the race for Inter striker Gabriel Barbosa after talks with loan side Flamengo stalled.

The striker, who also goes by Gabigol, racked up 34 goals and 11 assists during his season-long loan with Flamengo, but has since returned to Inter after his contract with the Brazilian side expired.

Gabriel Barbosa

​Crystal Palace are understood to be keen on Gabigol, but according to ​Jorge Nicola, they now face plenty of competition from three of the ​Premier League‘s biggest sides.

​Chelsea​Arsenal and ​Spurs are all understood to be interested in a January move, while ​West Ham are also tracking the situation, but all four are waiting for a complete breakdown in talks between Gabigol and Flamengo before acting.

Gabigol is understood to be unhappy with the bonuses which Flamengo have offered him if he signs a permanent deal with the Brazilian side, which has opened the door to a move elsewhere.

Gabriel Barbosa

Of all the Premier League sides who are keen, Chelsea may have the most leverage in negotiations with ​Inter. Antonio Conte is believed to be keen on signing both Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso from his former club, so it would not come as much of a surprise to see Chelsea throw Gabigol’s name into negotiations in January.

The Blues are on the lookout for some more competition for Tammy Abraham, and Inter would almost certainly be interested in talking as ​selling Gabigol is thought to be one of I Nerazzurri’s top priorities for January. 

Timo Werner and Moussa Dembélé are two other names on Chelsea’s wish list, but a deal for Gabigol could be far simpler if the Blues can find a way to include him in negotiations for either Alonso or Giroud.

Olivier Giroud

Both Arsenal and Spurs have the financial muscle to make their own offers for Gabigol, with the two sides both looking to add some much-needed depth in attack, so the striker will likely have plenty of options to choose between if he cannot strike a deal with Flamengo.

Gabigol is currently on holiday after returning from Flamengo, but his hope is to have his future sorted out by 10th January, so this situation looks like one to keep an eye on in the coming days.


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