West Ham are keen on signing Gabriel Barbosa (also known as Gabigol) but he is discussing a permanent move to Flamengo.
According to The Daily Mail, Flamengo and Inter Milan are locked in talks over Barbosa. The Brazilian side want to sign the striker on a permanent basis after a stunning season.
Free-scoring Gabriel Barbosa
Barbosa has scored 31 goals in 38 games for Flamengo. This includes 22 goals in just 26 league matches. But he firmly etched his name in Flamengo folklore with the final game of his loan spell.
In the Copa Libertadores final, Flamengo were trailing Argentine giants River Plate 1-0 in the 89th minute. But Barbosa stunned everyone with two late goals, before being sent off, to win the South American trophy for his team.
Flamengo now want to bring Barbosa back to Rio de Janeiro on a permanent basis. Despite West Ham and Everton being keen, Flamengo have already opened talks about a permanent switch to the Maracana.
What will Gabriel Barbosa do?
Barbosa has two options here; either he can play it safe or take a career risk. It looks like Inter will be selling him so he can either return to Brazil permanently or try his luck in England.
The 23-year-old’s time in Europe has been miserable so far. He played 10 games and scored one goal at Inter before netting once in five outings on loan at Benfica.
But his record in his home country is incredible. The Brazil international has scored 74 goals in just over 150 games for Santos and Flamengo combined. There is a reason he was dubbed ‘the next Neymar’.
Will Gabigol play it safe and return to Brazil where he is adored by Flamengo fans? Or will he take a career risk and move to West Ham or Everton?