According to a report published by The Mirror last Thursday, west London club Chelsea are set to offer a £25m bid for Brazil wonder kid Gabriel Barbosa.
And the youngster himself this weekend fuelled the speculations over his Santos future, after his Brazilian club’s win on Saturday over Ponte Preta.
The starlet told reporters after the game that he played the match as if it was his last game at the Brazilian club. He further revealed that news reporters will soon no more about his moves.
According to ESPN, Spanish La Liga champions FC Barcelona and Serie A champions Juventus are also keen on signing the young attacker. Could the latest development be an indication that he is off to Chelsea? Especially as the Blues are the only club so far said to have firmed up their interest with an official bid?
The 19-year-old nicknamed ‘Gabigol’, later went on the social media site Instagram to post a message on his personal account that looks more like a farewell message to his club Santos.
The post reads: “My heart is in Alvinegro and it will always beat for you. Santos are my life. I will love you until death.”
All this suggests that the 19-year-old goalscorer is keen on a move away from Brazil this summer and it will not be a surprise if a deal is done.
Ten days ago, Santos officially announced the youngster’s contract extension until the summer of 2021, although Barbosa has since denied the report. The player has also been linked with a move to Arsenal and it could be that he is on his way to the Emirates.