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Could Inter Milan’s Gabigol be set for a Premier League loan this summer?

Jake Jackman

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Gabriel Barbosa, known as Gabigol, had a disappointing first season in Europe after leaving Santos last summer. The Brazilian was being watched by lots of European clubs, but he ended up joining Inter Milan.

His spell in Italy has been underwhelming to date as he played a meagre 113 minutes in Serie A and found the net on only one occasion. As a €29.5 million investment, a lot more was expected from the forward, especially considering he was seen as one of the most exciting Brazilian players of his generation.

Bleacher Report suggest that there is a lot of Premier League interest in him this summer and a move to England is a possibility for the player, as his career reaches a crossroads.

West Ham United, Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton, Southampton, Leicester City, Stoke City and Swansea City have all shown an interest in signing the 20-year-old. It is thought that Inter would prefer an initial loan after investing so much in the player last summer.

Although Gabigol himself would like to fight for his place at the San Siro, he will struggle for game time and a loan move to England could provide him with the opportunity that he needs.

Why is Gabigol so highly regarded?

The forward broke through in Brazil at a young age as he made his debut for Santos at 16. He came through at the time Neymar was leaving the club for Barcelona and there was hope that Gabigol would step up to fill his shoes at the club.

As they both developed at Santos, comparisons have been made, but Gabigol is more of a natural centre forward, while he possesses a lot more power than his compatriot.

Gabigol’s future is as a number nine and if he bulks out further, he could be very well suited to the Premier League, despite his 5’9” frame. There is a lot of power to the Brazilian as he can out-muscle defenders as well as beating them on the dribble with his flair.

He is a lot stockier than the typical Brazilian attacker and that should give him an edge as he continues to progress. As a finisher, he is versatile, as he can score with both power and precision. His movement off-the-ball is mature beyond his years and his reading of the game means that he can fill in as a winger.

The spell at Inter has certainly damaged his reputation and the reason why he hasn’t been given more opportunities isn’t clear. There are concerns about his tactical understanding, which is crucial to the game in Italy. It is also difficult to adjust to a new country and it could be that he just needs time to settle at the club.

He remains young and there is a lot of time left for him to prove that he can perform in Europe. Gabriel Jesus was a player he was often compared to in his homeland and he has managed to thrive at Manchester City. Maybe it was a case of choosing the wrong club and a move away from Inter could free the 20-year-old.

Would he be a good fit for the Premier League?

In Brazil, it was his power and aggressive style of play that impressed most. He has the physique to do well in the Premier League, but he would need to hit the gym in order to bulk up. In terms of technical ability, there are few better young players in the world.

At this stage of his development, Gabigol is raw and he needs a coach that is willing to be patient with him as he adjusts to football in Europe. He may have left Brazil too early, but he now needs to press on and a loan move to the Premier League could suit him.

Although a top-six club might be beyond him, he would benefit from playing in a team lower down the league before returning to Inter as a much better player.

Jake is a journalist based in the South East. He is a Newcastle United fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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Everton news round-up: Lookman future, Rooney move and Klaassen commitment

A selection of the biggest news from Everton the past 24 hours.

Mathew Coull

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Lookman looking away

Everton face a fight to keep hold of Ademola Lookman this summer. The attacker was loaned out to German side RB Leipzig in January and he has been in fine form ever since. After his excellent form for the club, which saw him score five goals and assist four in 11 games, he is apparently wanted permanently by the club.

The Liverpool Echo suggest that whilst former boss Sam Allardyce would have been happy to sell the player, new director of football Marcel Brands wants to keep the player.

Lookman does, however, appear open to the move. The 20-year-old will speak to the new manager once an appointment is made and then decide where his future lies.

Everton must keep hold of the attacker this summer. He has been in fine form in Germany and he clearly has the ability to be a star for Everton if given the chance in the future.

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Rooney future

MLS side DC United are hopeful that they can sign Wayne Rooney from Everton this summer. The BBC carry quotes from the American side’s manager Ben Olsen, who believes a deal can be done for the veteran England star.

A deal is agreed between the two clubs in principle. Rooney, however, is set to discuss his future with whoever Everton’s new manager is, with it believed his decision to potentially leave the club was based on the presence of Allardyce.

Rooney has been on a trip to Washington to help make his decision over his future and Everton have left the decision in his hands.

Klaassen to stay

Everton midfielder Davy Klaassen is ready to stay and fight for his place at Everton. Last summer the Toffees paid Ajax £22.5 million to bring in their captain in what looked like a brilliant deal.

But the Dutchman had a torrid first season at Goodison Park and it appeared he could be on his way out. But, as reported by the Liverpool Echo, the Dutchman has made it clear he wants to remain at Everton for the foreseeable future.

Klaassen was unlucky in that he signed in the same summer as Rooney and Gylfi Sigurdsson, all three players who play in the same position.

But there is clearly a player with potential there and giving him another chance to prove that in the new season would be a worthwhile gamble from Everton.

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Yves Bissouma would be the ideal first summer signing for Everton

Josh Kerr

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According to Sky Sports, Everton could rival Tottenham for Lille midfielder Yves Bissouma as the two Premier League giants go head-to-head for the talented youngster.

After the sacking of Sam Allardyce from Goodison Park, Everton will know a huge summer window awaits. The Toffees need to recruit smartly if they are to improve on their 8th place finish of last season.

The midfield area needs serious reinforcements, with the likes of Davy Klaassen and Morgan Schneiderlin both enduring terrible campaigns. Bissouma, currently plying his trade in Ligue 1, could be vital in improving the club in the centre of the park.

Reports suggest Tottenham have been scouting the 21-year-old for the majority of the season so Everton should swoop soon if they are to get their summer plan in motion.

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The Ivory Coast-born midfielder already has 15 caps for Mali, and has hit three goals and one assist this season, impressing with his ability to play centrally or out wide.

Bissouma’s technical ability on the ball has impressed across the French league and he could be the addition that encourages Everton to play the free-flowing football that fans have been craving all season.

The report from Sky Sports also claims that former director of football Steve Walsh – who was sacked last week alongside Allardyce – was the one launching the interest in Bissouma, which means his exit could impact Everton’s pursuit.

However, the club should still monitor Bissouma’s availability as options in midfield are becoming increasingly thin, with several players becoming complacent and failing to impress on Merseyside.

The Toffees should undoubtedly follow up Walsh’s initial interest in the youngster and prepare to swoop.

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Marcel Brand’s stance on Ademola Lookman should reassure Everton fans

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On Wednesday, Everton’s new director of football laid out his plans for the Merseyside club, emphasising the importance of working with young players.

According to the Telegraph, Brands is set to meet with Ademola Lookman in a bid to convince the promising youngster to stay at Goodison Park; a move that will reassure Everton supporters.

The 20-year-old spent the second half of the season on loan at Bundesliga side RB Leipzig, enjoying a successful spell that was punctuated by three goals and two assists in his final two matches.

Yet, the Englishman’s fine end to his stay in Germany sparked reports in ESPN that the Bundesliga club were interested in purchasing Lookman on a permanent basis, a transfer that would come as a massive blow for Everton.

The talented attacker only signed from Charlton in the summer of 2017, and was tipped to be one for the future at Goodison Park. To lose Lookman after just seven league appearances for Everton would be a tragic misstep.

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Luckily, Brands is well known for his development of young players and said he is seeking a forward-thinking coach who shares these beliefs.

As quoted in the Telegraph, Brand is looking for a “modern coach,” preferably someone “who wants to work with young players.”

These comments will surely come as a relief to Toffees supporters who suffered through Sam Allardyce’s reign, a manager who is possibly the polar opposite of a “modern coach.”

Maintaining the services of one of England’s brightest young attacking talents, one who was even tipped for a World Cup call-up, is undoubtedly among Everton’s top priorities this summer.

It is refreshing to see the club’s new director of football shares this view and Marcel Brands will do his best to convince Ademola Lookman to remain at Goodison Park.

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