Inter Milan’s out of favour Brazilian forward Gabriel Barbosa aka Gabigol could make a surprise switch to Liverpool in the January transfer window as his agent Wagner Ribeiro claimed the striker is ‘humiliated’ by his lack of game time, according to reports.
The 20-year-old Liverpool target moved to the San Siro for €30million in the summer for a five-year contract from Brazilian club Santos but unfortunately, has failed to keep up the hype at the Italian outlet. The forward has just made 16 minutes of lacklustre Serie A display and the new manager Stefano Pioli is yet to give the attacker a chance to impress.
His agent Ribeiro suggested his client is not happy at the moment and will be looking at the options if he was not provided ample game time at the moment.
“I talk to him constantly,” Wagner Ribeiro said on Radio Globo as per Football Italia.
“Everyone knows the salary which Gabriel receives at Inter isn’t sustainable for Santos, no club [in Brazil] can afford him. I was contacted by a club from Rio and one from Minas to take Gabriel on loan, but I can’t guarantee anything. What I want is for my client to no longer be humiliated. Why isn’t he playing? Not even Inter can answer that.
“When he came from Brazil they said he wasn’t ready physically, but now he’s in great shape. The truth is that they haven’t even given him a chance,” he added.
With the Brazilian’s career is blooming at the edge, his agent has also expressed his frustration at the handling of his player and declared to manage the issue in the January transfer window.
“Gabriel was a starter at Santos, called up by Brazil and has been an Olympic champion. Then he was sold for an amazing figure.We’ll resolve this situation in January, he has a five-year contract but that doesn’t mean anything if he isn’t playing.
“He’s unhappy right now.”
With both Coutinho and Sturridge currently out injured and another frontman Sadio Mane out of action for couples of matches because of AFCON competition from January, the Liverpool boss could be tempted to make a move for the Brazilian to bolster his attacking options come January. However, doubts will remain whether Barbosa will be a regular starter at Liverpool if the move happens as both Firmino and Origi are currently Klopp’s main preferable options at the front.