Gabigol Edging Closer To Turin Arrival
Following the arrival of Gonzalo Higuain at Juventus, the Old Lady isn’t relenting in its efforts to make the side a mega squad and mount a real challenge for the Champions League and the Series A title next season.
Juventus are reportedly edging closer to luring highly-rated Brazilian youngster, Gabriel “Gabigol” Barbosa to Turin after Santos agreed a €20million bid.
The 19-year-old striker has deservedly earned comparisons with Neymar because of his keen eye for goal and style of play.
Set to lead Brazil’s attack at the Rio Olympics next month, the brilliant forward has already gathered interest from the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea, all thanks to his unparalleled qualities.
However, Barcelona have an option of first refusal and will have a final say concerning a possible move to Juve.
With plans to ease the workload on his attacking trident at Camp Nou, Enrique is considering bringing in a quality understudy this summer, and that could see Barcelona opt to match Juventus’ offer for Gabigol.
With 5 goals in 10 league games in the Brazilian Serie A thus far, the teenage sensation has put his best foot forward this new season after ending last season with 10 strikes in 30 league appearances.
He has already started to prove his worth on the international scene, notching 2 goals in his 4 matches for the Samba boys this year.
The only hurdle that could prevent his move to Europe is his registration. Given that his ownership is shared between his club (40%), himself (40%) and funding group Doyen Sports (20%), signing him will be an issue except he gives up his share of his registration, hence making the facilitation of a transfer possible.
For whosoever emerges victorious in the battle for Barbosa’s services, it will be a great plus as they would have successfully landed one of the best exports the footballing nation of Brazil has to offer the world at the moment.
Also able to play behind a lone striker and on the wings, his all-round abilities on the ball make him a modern day complete forward.
Dribbles, goals, passes and precision, are characteristics he combines to produce masterstrokes of genius.
Chelsea Interested in South American Talisman
Carlos Tevez is another South American, who could arrive Europe in the coming weeks, with Chelsea interested in luring the Argentine talisman back to England.
Having turned out for the Manchester outfits and West Ham, the 32-year-old forward made a name for himself in the top flight, registering over 80 League goals in 200+ appearances.
Given Chelsea’s need for an additional striker, Conte is eyeing his former charge at Juventus and will hope to convince him into reuniting with him at Stamford Bridge.
Costa’s future is still under doubt with Atletico on his heels, while Real Madrid are refusing to let go of Morata, with Chelsea meeting a brick wall in their latest attempts to land the Spaniard.
They are now turning attention to Tevez, who will be available for a lower price although for a relatively short term.
The Boca Juniors striker helped Conte to his last Scudetto at Turin in 2014, and he left Italy for a return to his childhood club having scored 50 goals in 95 appearances.
Tasked with bringing Chelsea back to the top, Conte wants to stock his squad with the best legs out there and has already recruited the services of Batshuayi and Kante.
He wants to offer Tevez a 1-year deal, but the former Corinthians striker insists he wants to remain with the Argentine club.
His energy and ability to beat defenders with his pace will suit Conte’s playing style, and he will be able to offer a lot of support off the bench or when deployed alongside another striker.
He can help solve the club’s striker shortage problem, and his services will come handy if Conte can convince him to sign for Chelsea.