Brazilian striker Gabriel Barbosa has commented on his future, amid transfer speculation linking him with a move to Everton and Newcastle United.
The South American is about to feature in his final league game of the season for loan club Flamengo against Avai on Thursday.
The result will be insignificant for the Rio de Janeiro-based club, who wrapped up the title weeks ago.
Inter Milan-owned ‘Gabigol’ played a huge part in the title success, hitting 24 goals in 27 appearances. He also hit a further nine in the Copa Libertadores meaning a total of 33 in all competitions so far.
But it appears they could be set for disappointment given what the player said in his Wednesday press conference.
He said (Calciomercato): “It will be a special game for me, it could even be my last at the Maracanà, no one knows. If I had to go back to playing it, I would still be very happy.
“For the moment, however, I have not thought about all this: I’m thinking about the last games, the World Cup for clubs. Everybody has dreams, I’m making mine come true here at Flamengo.
“You’re talking but there’s nothing certain, if you do the will of God I’ll stay here.”
TBR’s view – Everton and Newcastle to miss out?
It sounds very much as though the player is more than happy to stay put at Flamengo following a fantastic year back in his homeland.
It would be unsurprising to see him push for a permanent move, as he appears reinvigorated after a tough time in Italy.
Everton and Newcastle are both in need of a goalscorer, but they may have to miss out on this particular one who seems to have found a home.