Blow to Arsenal, Chelsea: Man United agree £30m deal for star striker

Sankha Ghosh / 16 August 2016

Manchester United have agreed on a £30million fee for Santos striker Gabriel Barbosa, according to reports.

The young Brazilian, who is currently impressing at the Olympics, has attracted interest from a host of clubs in recent months.

United, Chelsea, Leicester and Atletico Madrid have all expressed strong interest, but according to The Sun, United have won the race to his signature.

Meanwhile, Arsenal’s never-ending search for a new striker ultimately took them to Brazil. Recently, the Gunners were also linked with a swoop for Gabriel Barbosa.

But the latest report states the Red Devils have agreed to pay Santos £26m plus £4m commission to his agent and hope a deal will be pushed through within the next 48 hours.

Santos president Modesto Roma recently confirmed he had held talks with the Red Devils and the Blues.

He said: “We had productive conversations.

“We didn’t come to buy or sell players, neither in London or Madrid. We came to build up relationships.

“There weren’t offers, but we did talk about partnerships. I talked to Manchester United, Chelsea, and Atletico Madrid.”

United had been falling behind in the race to land the 19-year-old, who is better known as Gabigol in his homeland, after proposing to pay the transfer fee in four instalments.

But the Manchester outfit looks to have persuaded the Santos chief into selling the forward to them after executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward agreed to meet Roma’s demands.

Gabigol has four international caps to his name and has been tipped for a bright future.

The 19-year-old, known as ‘Gabigol’, is one of the hottest prospects in world football and is currently on international duty for the Brazil team at the Olympics in Rio. He has been in the headlines for a number of months, however, with a host of big-name European clubs looking to lure him from his homeland.

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