Gabriel Barbosa ‘offered to Chelsea’ but West Ham looking to rival transfer

Gabriel Barbosa has been offered to Chelsea as a transfer option but West Ham are also hot on the trail of the striker.

The Blues are desperate for a new forward to alleviate some of the pressure on first-choice hitman Tammy Abraham.

The 22-year-old has come into the first-team fold this season with Frank Lampard at the helm and has repaid him in goals – netting 14 times this campaign already.

His importance to the side is underlined by the fact that the next top scorer is Christian Pulisic on six, with Michy Batshuayi on five and Olivier Giroud on none.

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And both strikers have been linked with moves away from Stamford Bridge, with Aston Villa eyeing a deal for one of either and Ligue 1 clubs wanting Giroud.

It has already been stated that Chelsea will unlikely let them go without a striker lined up to replace them.

A number of forwards have been linked with a move to west London and the Daily Mail are reporting that Barbosa has been offered to the club.

Chelsea are keen on Gabriel Barbosa
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The Brazilian has spent this season on loan at Flamengo from Inter Milan where he has rediscovered his touch in front of goal.

In 59 games, he has scored 43 goals – following on from another strong year where he netted 27 times for Santos.

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His future at Inter is murky, with Antonio Conte an avid fan of his current set-up with Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez.

It has led to the Italian looking to recoup funds in Gabigol, though the Daily Mail also report that West Ham have been given the chance to sign him.

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Barbosa is not the only player to be linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.

After a FIFA ban on signing new players was lifted, it means that Lampard has the chance to go on a spending spree.

Timo Werner, Moussa Dembele and Jadon Sancho have all been reported to be wanted by the Blues this month.