Tottenham are interested in another Brazilian, with Inter Milan’s Gabriel Barbosa popping up on the north London club’s radar.
Currently on loan in Brazil with Flamengo, Barbosa’s struggles with his parent club have been well documented. Loaned out more than an old pair of bowling shoes, Barbosa, since arriving at Inter Milan in 2016, has experienced short stints at Benfica, Santos and Flamengo.
Barbosa, 23, is the same age as Tottenham’s other Brazilian interest, Everton Soares. With 19 goals in 20 matches this season, Barbosa is thriving at Flamengo. He is the Brasileirão’s current top goal scorer, and is catching the eye of various European clubs. Barbosa, who is signed at Inter until 2022, is keen on departing Milan well before his contract ends.
A pure ball striker, Barbosa often finds himself in excellent scoring positions. The 23-year-old isn’t the best creator, nor does he hold the ball up magnificently. But he offers a locomotive-like force barrelling forward, and hits the ball particularly cleanly with his right boot. He is pretty raw at the moment, one of the main reasons his market valuation is quite low.
He has the physicality, pace and guile to succeed in the Premier League and is far less expensive than his Brazilian counterpart. Barbosa’s current market valuation, provided by Transfermarkt, comes in between £20 and £25 million, a far cry from the £35 million Soares is expected to cost.
While a solid option for Spurs, the out-and-out centre forward isn’t the club’s first choice. Barbosa is seen as less versatile than Soares. Barbosa, who shares some similar traits with Harry Kane, all of which inferior in quality, doesn’t feel like a natural fit for Spurs.