Gabriel Barbosa weighing up Chelsea or West Ham switch as duo plot £25m transfer

Inter Milan striker Gabriel Barbosa is pondering a move to the Premier League , Starsport have been told.

The in-form forward spent last season on loan at Flamengo, notching 25 goals in 29 games for the Brazilian side, who made it to the Club World Cup final in Qatar last month.

Barbosa’s red-hot form in front of goal has sparked interest from across Europe in recent months, with Chelsea and West Ham both heavily linked with the player since the turn of the year.

Starsport understands the 23-year-old is weighing up multiple offers at present, some coming from England’s top flight.

Inter Milan have stuck a €30m (£25m) price tag on Barbosa’s head, which ruled out Flamengo, who were keen to sign the youngster on a permanent basis.

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The attacker, known as ‘Gabigol’, has also enjoyed spells away from the San Siro at Benfica and boyhood club Santos.

But his best form came in 2019, where his goals propelled Flamengo to the top of the Brazilian Serie A.

West Ham were the first British club to express an interest, with former boss Manuel Pellegrini extremely keen on the South American before his dismissal last month.

The Hammers are still interested in bringing the striker to east London but now face competition from elsewhere.

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Chelsea have emerged as potential suitors more recently, with reports this week suggesting Barbosa is Frank Lampard’s number one attacking target this month.

The Blues are expected to offload Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi in the coming weeks.

Both men have played a bit-part role this season due to the form of first choice forward Tammy Abraham.

Barbosa’s arrival would allow both men to secure moves away, with Newcastle chasing Giroud and Aston Villa keen on Batshuayi.

Gabriel Barbosa was a man in-form for Flamengo last year
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