At the end of November, Newcastle were linked with a move for Gabriel Barbosa. According to the Chronicle, the Magpies had been scouting the striker before his late brace handed Flamengo the 2019 Copa Libertadores.
Barbosa’s goals won the trophy for Flamengo, and as a result won qualification for this year’s Club World Cup. The Brazilian side beat Al-Hilal to reach the final, where they’ll face Premier League leaders Liverpool.
The game is live on BBC One this evening, kicking off at 5.30pm. So after hopefully watching a Newcastle win against Crystal Palace, Toon fans can follow it up by casting their eyes on a reported January target.
Barbosa has been a machine in front of goal for Flamengo. The striker has scored 34 goals in 41 appearances in 2019, restoring his reputation after a poor spell at Inter Milan.
He’s only on loan at Flamengo, with multiple Premier League teams keen on signing the 23-year-old from Inter Milan when he returns to Italy in the new year.
With the Magpies desperate for a goalscorer, Barbosa sounds like the perfect target. While he’s previously struggled in Europe, his ability in front of goal cannot be denied.
If he can prove himself against a top club like Liverpool on Saturday night, Newcastle and various other English clubs might become even more interested in his services.