Done Deal: Long-term Man United target set for MEDICAL in Italy

Sankha Ghosh / 27 August 2016

Brazilian starlet Gabigol has recently been heavily linked with a move to Premier League giants Manchester United and Chelsea, however, it now seems that Santos’s forward is on his way to Italian giants Inter Milan.

After the Chinese investors have bought Inter Milan, the Italian side are in rebuilding process, Stevan Jovetic and Marcelo Brozovic are leaving San Siro and Frank De Boer started squad overhaul with signing Gabigol who has arrived in Milan to complete medical.

The 19-year-old forward was part of the Brazilian side that claimed Olympic gold medal glory earlier this month, while Sporting Lisbon midfielder Mario was a member of Portugal’s Euro 2016-winning squad last month, both of them have been heavily linked with a move to Premier League giants Man United and Chelsea.

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

The highly-rated Brazilian 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.

Given his boyhood nickname, it won’t shock you to learn that Gabriel is a master finisher. That is partly down to his ability with the ball: his left foot is a potent weapon and he is capable of finding the net from all angles.

But it’s also to do with his psychology: the 19-year-old is a cool, laid-back customer and that translates onto the field of play, allowing him to go about his work with cold-hearted efficiently.

When presented with a chance, Gabriel will serenely pick his corner and stroke the ball into the net, usually favouring precision over power.