According to a report from Dean Jones of Bleacher Report, as many as seven Premier League sides have expressed an interest in signing Brazilian striker Gabriel Barbosa from Inter Milan this summer.
Gabriel, better known as Gabigol, arrived at Serie A side Inter Milan last summer as a 19-year-old with bags of potential and a glowing reputation.
Despite his tender years, the technically gifted centre-forward had already bagged 56 goals in 154 senior appearances for Santos in his home country, along with a pair of goals in just 4 appearances for the Selecao.
Having beaten off strong interest from the likes of Barcelona and Juventus, Inter snapped up Gabigol for a hefty fee of around 30 million Euro last August, with the Nerazzurri’s stellar piece of business having been viewed as one of the coups of the summer by football experts across Italy.
However, to say that the youngster has failed to live up to his billing to this point would be something of an understatement, with Gabigol having failed to make a single start over the entire Serie A campaign, managing just a solitary goal across all competitions.
The youngster’s attitude and readiness for the top level of European football has since been called into question, with Inter reportedly considering offloading the man once dubbed ‘the new Neymar’ after just one campaign at the San Siro.
Despite his struggles, though, a number of clubs across Europe feel as though a change of scenery could be all that’s required for Gabigol to rediscover his scintillating Santos form, with seven Premier League sides having expressed an interest in the talented 20-year-old to this point.
These clubs are Liverpool, Everton, Tottenham, Stoke, Swansea, Southampton and Leicester City.
It remains to be seen whether Inter Milan would be willing to part ways with their Brazilian starlet on a permanent basis after such a hefty outlay last summer, but a loan deal to one of the aforementioned English top-flight outfits could be a real possibility over the coming weeks.