The Chronicle had a report out a few days ago that Newcastle were one of a few Premier League clubs watching Inter Milan striker Gabriel Barbosa.
The 23-year-old is putting up tremendous numbers on loan at Flamengo in the Brazilian Serie A. He has 31 goals in 38 appearances in his native Brazil this season.
However, the striker was a massive bust for Inter Milan when he signed for €29.5m from Santos 3 years ago. Barbosa was once considered the next Brazilian superstar, but he has made just 10 appearances for Inter with only 1 goal.
He spent some time on loan at Benfica after his poor first season in Italy. However, he failed to make an impact in Portugal. He has also spent time on loan back at Santos, where he managed 18 goals in 35 appearances.
Gabriel Barbosa– has excelled in Brazil but struggled elsewhere
The report in the Chronicle says the Newcastle have watched the player, but he is not considered to be a top target. It’s not surprising to see why as he has only excelled in Brazil.
Barbosa’s loan at Flamengo will end in January, and Inter Milan will try to offload the player. The Chronicle says Inter will try to recoup as much as £20m and offer him out to European clubs. We don’t think there will be many takers at that price.
He is contracted to the Serie A club until 2022, and they will likely have to send him out on loan again this winter. While Barbosa hasn’t had a run of games in Italy to prove himself, Inter Milan have had four managers since his arrival and all have not given him a chance. We just don’t see Newcastle wanting to bring in Barbosa this winter.