It is an open secret that Newcastle United need to sign a striker.
According to multiple reports emanating from England, Newcastle are set to sign Flamengo striker Gabriel Barbosa.
The 25-year-old has been subject to interest from various European clubs.
Flamengo spent 17.45 million euros to sign the Brazil international from Inter Milan in the winter of 2020. The 25-year-old has three years left on his current contract which expires in 2024.
The striker banged in 29 goals and provided 9 assists in 43 matches last season across all fronts showcasing just how influential he has been in the final third.
The 25-year-old is considered to be one of the best strikers in Brazil.
Barbosa has also left his mark at the international stage after netting 5 goals in 17 senior appearances for the Brazil national team.
His performances have seen him become the target of many European clubs including Newcastle.
Eddie Howe wants to sign a new striker and Barbosa is one of the names at the top of his wishlist. He is a known admirer of the player and is reportedly keen on the idea of bringing him this winter.
The Magpies are in the market for just a handful of statement signings who can improve the first-team.
The former Inter man provides a unique blend between a classic center-forward and the modern striker. His finishing abilities when in and around the box will come as a massive asset to Howe’s side.
According to the report, “Newcastle United have reportedly been given the green light to sign Gabriel Barbosa from Flamengo in the January transfer window. The Magpies are desperate to sign reinforcements, with the club’s new owners trying to avoid relegation from the Premier League. As exclusively revealed by The Mirror , Flamengo are open to a six-month loan, provided it includes a £17million deal to make it permanent in the summer should Newcastle survive. Magpies head of recruitment Steve Nickson has scouted Gabigol during trips to South America and it seems he could get his wish this month. The Chronicle reports that he is keen on the idea of a move to Newcastle and would love to team up with compatriot Joelinton.”
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A club with Newcastle’s resources should be able to afford him easily.
Flamengo are preparing to sell their striker should they receive right offer for him.
Good signing for Newcastle United?
Signing the 25-year-old in the winter transfer window would be a masterstroke from Eddie Howe.
Stylistically, he would be a great fit in Newcastle.
It will be interesting to see if Newcastle make their move for the 25-year-old in the coming days.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.