Flamengo president Rodolfo Landim has been quoted by Italian website CalcioMercato as saying that the Brazilian side are in talks to complete a permanent move for Gabriel Barbosa, amid reports that Tottenham want to land the attacker.
Barbosa, 23, joined Inter in the summer of 2016 from Santos after scoring 57 goals before the age of 20. But at Inter, he struggled – managing just 10 appearances and scoring one goal. He has since gone on loan three times.
A dismal spell at Benfica was followed by a return to his home country where he has since shone. He scored 27 goals in 52 games back at Santos, before improving that form at current loan side Flamengo – with 35 in 48.
Sky Sports claimed Spurs scout Steve Hitchen watched Barbosa earlier this month in Brazil, with the north London club keen to make signings in January. But signing Barbosa may be difficult, with Flamengo’s president claiming they are in talks.
“For the moment there is no news, but we are negotiating with Inter,” Landim said. “Negotiations are at a preliminary stage. Do we want to buy him outright? Yes, of course. He is doing very well for us.
“We have been in constant contact for a few weeks, I don’t know if at the moment there is a definite appointment to close, but we are talking about it.”
TBR’s view – Would Barbosa be a good signing for Spurs?
FC Inter News have claimed that the Italian side would be willing to wave goodbye to Barbosa for £22million, especially after buying Romelu Lukaku from Manchester United in the summer.
Harry Kane is Spurs’ only centre-forward, with 17-year-old Troy Parrott the next in line. Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura can play up front, but bringing in back-up is crucial. But Barbosa would be a strange signing to make.
Barbosa has only impressed in his home country, and failed in Europe. He would certainly be a risk.