Chelsea identify Brazilian hitman Gabriel Barbosa as No 1 transfer target

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has made Gabriel Barbosa his top target, with the 41-year-old keen to provide competition for top-scorer Tammy Abraham.

Given how hard the Blues worked to get their transfer ban lifted in time for January, it seems inevitable that they will make some signings and a new striker is reportedly top of the list.

21-year-old forward Abraham has been in sublime form this season, netting 12 Premier League goals so far.

Only Jamie Vardy, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Danny Ings have found the back of the net more often that Abraham, while current back-ups Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud have only notched one league goal between them.

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The duo have also been linked with January moves away from Stamford Bridge, with Aston Villa reportedly interested in both players as potential short term replacements for the injured Wesley .

As a result, it is no surprise that Chelsea are after a new striker this month, with Lampard’s side already linked with moves for Lyon forward Moussa Dembele and Red Bull Leipzig star Timo Werner.

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However, Lyon recently released an official statement where they claimed Dembele would not be leaving the club , while Werner has reportedly decided to stay put at Leipzig until the summer .

Now, the Express is reporting that Barbosa is Chelsea’s number one target, with the Brazilian forward recently concluding a successful loan spell with Flamengo which included an eye-catching performance in the Copa Libertadores final.

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West Ham have also been linked with a move for the man known as ‘Gabigol’, with new boss David Moyes keen on a new forward to ease the pressure on Sebastian Haller.

Speaking about the transfer speculation, Moyes said: “I would love to answer all your…