Italian publication Tuttomercato Web have claimed Everton have enquired about signing Internazionale striker Gabriel Barbosa on loan in January.
The Brazilian has spent 2018 on loan at former club Santos in a bid to rediscover his mojo.
And rediscover it he has. With two games left to play in the Brazilian league, the man nicknamed ‘Gabigol’ is on course to become the division’s top scorer – he has 17 to his name so far.
Gabigol lost his way a bit at Inter.
Signed for €29.5million (£25.6 million) in 2016, he quickly became overawed being at a top European club, and made just nine Serie A appearances for the Nerazzurri.
He then spent the 2017/18 season on loan at Benfica, where he played just five games in all competitions.
Everton and Silva could be perfect for Gabigol
Gabigol may feel ready to return to Europe after an encouraging stint back in Brazil.
Everton could be a good environment for him to flourish, with Richarlison surely an inspiration.
Manager Marco Silva has continually gotten the best out of the ex-Watford man, who arrived in English football as a hyped up Brazilian youngster.
Silva has nurtured him brilliantly, and there’s no reason why he wouldn’t be able to do the same with Gabigol, who is a similar kind of player.
Toffees owner Farshad Moshiri recently claimed on talkSPORT that Everton won’t be signing any players in January, but could Silva really baulk at the chance to sign someone once dubbed ‘the next Neymar’?
He’s worked his magic with Richarlison, and a loan move for Gabigol could be worth a thought for the Portuguese tactician.