Manchester United’s relatively comfortable 2-0 win over Southampton on Friday night far from indicates a need to invest in more attacking talent, however with the circumstances surrounding a certain 19-year-old Brazilian seemingly changing United may be about to bring in one more addition.
According to HITC, Brazilian side Santos may need to offload some of their star players in the coming months with a cloud of financial uncertainty hanging over the club. And one of those players could be 19-year-old wonderkid Gabriel Barbosa.
While this is surely a distressing time for everyone at the South American giants, it could now be a perfect opportunity for United to get their man, who the aforementioned outlet claim has also courted interest from Premier League champions Leicester City as well as Spanish and Italian giants such as Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid.
Barbosa, who turns 20 in ten days’ time, has been a regular feature in Santos’ first team over the course of this season, which runs from May to December, but has missed out domestically recently due to his country’s ongoing participation in the Rio Olympics, where he has scored two goals in five games and will contest the gold medal game tonight against Germany.
The teen’s goalscoring prowess in his homeland is undeniable (five goals in ten games this term), however despite the Série A club’s financial woes, one must question where the youngster would fit in amongst Jose Mourinho’s now fully stocked attacking unit if he were to venture to the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.
There is no doubting his ability but with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Juan Mata, Anthony Martial, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney and Memphis Depay to compete with it may be a wasted exercise bringing him to Manchester should the opportunity present itself.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena
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