Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has put Inter Milan striker ‘Gabigol’ at the top of his January transfer shopping list.
The Blues are on the lookout for a new frontman to help top scorer Tammy Abraham.
Gabigol, real name Gabriel Barbosa, is back at Inter following a successful loan spell at Brazilian side Flamengo.
He’s been on fire back in his homeland, scoring 70 goals in 112 appearances for Flamengo and former club Santos before that.
It’s put Lampard on alert, and Chelsea could now back their manager in the transfer market and get a deal done.
The Sunday Express report veteran striker Olivier Giroud could be included in any deal that takes Gabigol to Stamford Bridge.
Former Stamford Bridge chief Antonio Conte likes the veteran French striker and he could be thrown into the mix in exchange for the Brazilian.
It’s claimed Chelsea could waive any transfer fee for Giroud in order to get Barbosa, 23.
The young striker says he’s up for playing in England after being left impressed by the form of countryman Roberto Firmino at Liverpool.
Chelsea are keen on Gabriel Barbosa
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“Firmino is great, I really admire him. He’s been successful for many years in Europe,” he said.
“He is a powerful forward and he has been great for Brazil. He is an inspiration that I look up to.
“It would be a pleasure to play with him. Maybe we could team up for Brazil in the future and Liverpool is a team that everyone wants to play for.
“But it’s hard to talk about this at the moment. My focus is totally on the Club World Cup.
“I like the Premier League very much. It combines technique, strength and speed. I always follow the games from Brazil.
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