Arsenal have launched a bid to sign Gabriel Barbosa from Santos this summer.
The 19 year-old is tipped to become the biggest star to come out of Brazil since Barcelona’s Neymar, and is supposedly keen on a switch to one of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Arsenal are now claimed to have made an offer to sign the individual, and face competition from Fiorentina and China in order to complete the deal.
Barbosa, nicknamed Gabigol, has an €18 Million release clause in his current deal, which is believed to have been triggered by all parties. This gets complicated however, with the player owning 40% of his rights, while a third-party company also own a further 20%, and Arsenal could only follow through with the deal if they attain the total 100% of his ownership.
The Brazilian report claimed that the UK’s recent Brexit could put the breaks on his supposed move, but signings from outside of Europe should be unaffected.
Gabigol has scored 54 goals for club since making his Santos debut as a 16 year-old in May 2013, and has already scored two senior goals for Brazil, having played out around 170 minutes of international football.
Barbosa could prove to be a huge signing in years to come, but I believe that Arsenal fans would reserve judgement on a player they know little about, and would still most likely demand a top striker/forward to be signed this summer also.
Theo Walcott has also been linked with a potential exit this summer, but with Arsene Wenger revealing he wants only two more signings after Granit Xhaka’s signing, two forwards would seemingly rule out a defensive signing.
How many of you believe Barbosa could be the striker we have been looking for? He sounds more like the type of Wenger signing we are used…