Inter Milan are quite confident of secure the deal for Chelsea and Arsenal target Gabriel Barbosa.

The 19-year-old striker is right now on international duty as Brazil chase Olympic glory at Rio 2016.

But his agent is busy at work negotiating a summer move to Europe.

According to La Gazzetta Dello Sport, Barbosa’s father Wagner Ribeiro, and Inter transfer chief Piero Ausilio are now deep in talks regarding a £21.2million switch which could see the Santos star grab a potential £5.9m himself.

And that may come as a massive blow to both Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Last month Daily Mirror claimed that the Italian was willing to make a £25million offer to sign Barbosa.

Conte has already wrapped up deals worth more than £65m for Michy Batshuayi and N’Golo Kante this summer.

But his spending spree is unlikely to end there, with another forward high on his list of priorities.

Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata was linked with a move to EPL but now seems like he is staying at Bernabeu, while Everton are still holding firm on Romelu Lukaku’s £75million price tag.

And frustration in his drastic efforts to lure the pair to Stamford Bridge may have seen Conte launch his bid for Barbosa.

Meanwhile, Arsenal’s never-ending search for a new striker ultimately took them to Brazil.

Recently, the Gunners have been linked with a swoop for Gabriel Barbosa, the Santos striker who is likely to be one of the stars of this season’s Olympic football tournament.

Gabriel may not be the most physically imposing of strikers, but what Gabriel lacks in height and strength he makes up for in other ways.

He is technically brilliant, a fine dribbler and a good passer, meaning he is able to play out wide or just off a frontline.

But as he matures, he is becoming more of a natural focal point for the attack, capable of playing on the shoulder of the last man as well as dropping deep to link play.

He has often been compared to Neymar but he is less showy than the Barcelona man was at this stage of his career.

Gabriel will probably need to work on the physical side of his game in the years ahead. He is no slouch in terms of pace but he can lack a bit of the power sometimes required to trouble stronger defenders, especially in the air.

He is still developing, of course, but as we all know Premier League makes special demands of a player.


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