Transfer news: ‘Gabigol is an Inter player’ – Inter Milan announce Gabriel Barbosa signing

Inter Milan say they have obtained the coveted signature of Brazilian rising star Gabriel Barbosa, otherwise known as Gabigol.

Gabriel Barbosa, right, shown with Neymar during the 2016 Olympics tournament. Fernando Donasci / Reuters
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Inter Milan confirmed on Tuesday the signing of exciting young Brazil striker Gabriel "Gabigol" Barbosa from Brazilian side Santos on a five-year deal.

"Gabigol is an Inter player. Fresh from winning Olympic gold with Brazil, the striker has signed a five-year contract with the Nerazzurri until June 2021," said a statement by the Serie A giants.

Inter did not release financial details of the deal. However the Gazzetta dello Sport website reported Inter paid the Brazilian club €27.5 million (Dh112.5m).

Barbosa put pen to paper with the Italian side on the day of his 20th birthday having impressed during his four seasons playing for Santos, the former club of Barcelona star and compatriot Neymar.

Thanks to his style of play, Barbosa has been described as the “next Neymar”. Indeed, he received his maiden call-up to the Brazil squad as a replacement for the Barca forward, who was suspended at the time, in time for a 2018 World Cup qualifier earlier this year.

Having won two Brazilian top flight titles with Santos, Barbosa made his full international debut on May 29.

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