Benfica have reportedly won the race for the signature of Inter forward Gabriel Barbosa – ‘Gabigol’ – who is set to join the Portuguese club on a season-long loan deal.
21-year-old Gabigol was touted as one of the finest young talents in world football but had a disappointing debut season with Inter, and as such the forward has looked elsewhere for regular game time and has been subject to interest from the likes of Sporting and FC Porto.
However, according to reports from O Jogo the 21-year-old is close to a move to Benfica after the Portuguese club agreed to a season-long loan deal for the forward, where they are also set to only pay one-third of his salary – with Inter to subsidise the remainder of his income.
Benfica are also set to have an option to buy Gabigol for €25m at the conclusion of his season-long contract, if he impresses during his time at Estádio da Luz.
With the terms of a contract seemingly agreed, the Brazilian forward is set to leave San Siro for at least one season as he looks to live up the high expectations placed upon him following his move to Italy last summer.
The 21-year-old’s debut season in the Serie A resulted in a measly nine appearances from the bench, which returned one goal in a total 113 minutes for the entirety of the 2016/17 season.