An update has emerged on Newcastle United and their chances of landing Gabriel Barbosa in the summer transfer window…
According to The Chronicle, the striker is keen on a move to St. James’ Park ahead of the 2022/23 campaign, giving the club the green light to snap him up.
The report claims that his representatives are willing to discuss a deal with the Magpies after holding talks over a potential loan with a view to signing permanently for £17m in the January window.
It is, however, stated that the Toon are weighing up their options as they eye the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Moussa Diaby.
Newcastle’s go-to man for goals in the last two Premier League campaigns has been the ex-Bournemouth man Callum Wilson.
The English centre-forward ended both of his first two seasons with the club as their top goalscorer in the league, scoring 12 in 2020/21 and eight in 2021/22.
In Gabigol, the Magpies can now find their new starting number nine who can score goals on a consistent basis in the top flight. He has proven himself in his home country and could now be ready to make the leap to England this year.
Former Brazil international Zico previously lauded the attacker’s quality, saying: “I think Gabigol has everything to be the greatest striker in Flamengo’s history. It’s getting there. His performance got better and better, consolidating himself as one of the greats.
“He’s already gone down in history. He is young and can do much more, and hopefully, he can do it. Doing this is always good to give joy to the Rubro-Negro fan and, logically, we always expect this from a guy who has the potential that he has.”
Since joining Flamengo, Barbosa has scored 103 goals in 158 games in all competitions – providing 28 assists along the way. He also scored 43 goals in 125 matches for Santos earlier in his career, whilst scoring five times in 18 caps for Brazil.
These statistics show that the 25-year-old is a lethal striker who has the potential to be the new Wilson at St. James’ Park, allowing the Englishman to play second fiddle as he continues to struggle with injuries.
The Brazilian gem can be the go-to man for goals if he is able to adapt to English football and Eddie Howe must now zoom through this green light to strike a deal for the attacker.