He had been called the “next Neymar” and now he may be called the “next Icardi”, but he’s also been called a flop and a waste of money. Gabriel “Gabigol” Barbosa certainly didn’t live up to his nickname in Europe, let alone his €30m price tag, which Inter Milan deemed wise to spend on him in 2016.
After just 10 appearances and 1 goal in his one season in Italy, Inter farmed out the now 23-year-old striker to Benfica (5 app’s, 1 goal), then to his old club Santos, and now to Flamengo, who recently participated in the FIFA Club World Cup and put Gabigol back on people’s radars.
In fairness, the 5-time Brazil international has been living up to his nickname back in Brazil, and finished the 2019 season with 43 goals in 59 games in all competitions, leading Flamengo to an historic Treble, winning the league, the state league, and the Copa Libertadores as well, while finishing runners-up to Liverpool in the Club World Cup.
Sensing an opportunity to perhaps sell high, Inter are shopping the man with 2.5 years still left on his contract. Chelsea however are not interested, according to a report from the Telegraph’s Matt Law — and presumably not even as a part-exchange for Olivier Giroud, for whom Inter might be willing to spend a whopping £2.5m apparently.