Newcastle United are interested in signing a striker this summer, which could lead them to Gabriel Barbosa.
The Brazilian forward has been linked with the Magpies in the past, and was a target in January. They had the option to loan him then sign him for £17million this summer. However, the club brought in Chris Wood instead.
Now it’s the summer and Newcastle are once again in the market for a goalscorer, while Barbosa remains in South America.
He’s playing for Flamengo in Brazil, waiting for a chance at redemption in Europe. He was previously branded the ‘new Neymar’, tipped to be the next star coming out of South America. He did make it to Europe, but it didn’t go well.
The 25-year-old previously played for Inter and Benfica, but completely flopped.
Now he’s back in his home country and the goals are flying in. But will his form eventually lead him back to European football and potentially to the Premier League?
Barbosa keen on Newcastle move
According to the Chronicle, Barbosa is interested in joining the Magpies this summer. They add that his representatives want to have discussions over a move, but understand the club have other targets.
Newcastle’s search for a striker hasn’t gone to plan so far. Plenty of names have been linked, but the only player to come close to joining was Hugo Ekitike.
That saga now appears to be over, with Armando Broja now linked. Other targets such as Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ivan Toney appear to be too expensive, with their clubs slapping huge price tags on their respective players.
The Magpies need to sign a striker this summer, but still have a long time before the window closes.
Barbosa could be a decent backup option for the Magpies
But if all other options prove to be beyond us, perhaps Newcastle could then turn to Barbosa. It was recently reported by Give Me Sport that he will be offered to us.
Newcastle have other targets ahead of him, but he could prove to be an astute signing. His goal record in Brazil speaks for itself.
Since returning to South America in 2018, Barbosa has scored 150 goals. In his first season with Flamengo he found the net 43 times.
His numbers in Brazil are sensational, although his record in Europe is much less appealing. He’s made 15 competitive appearances in both Italy and Portugal, scoring just twice.
Barbosa would also add to the Brazilian contingent at St James’ Park, and it was previously reported that he wants to play alongside Joelinton. I mean who doesn’t nowadays?
At the moment, a move to Newcastle doesn’t feel likely. He’s keen, but remains low on the club’s list of attacking targets. Perhaps this is one to watch later in the window.