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Should Spurs be trying to sign the next Brazilian sensation

Is this the striker we should be signing? 

Should Spurs be trying to sign the next Brazilian sensation

Gabriel 'Gabigol' Barbosa is a wanted player, he is expected to become another Brazilian superstar. The 19-year-old (20 in August) he has already been dubbed the next Neymar and recently became the third youngest Santos player to reach 50 goals, behind only club legends Pelé and Coutinho in the history books.

Real Madrid has sent scouts to watch him play, his agent, Wagner Ribeiro, revealed talks with French Champions PSG have taken place and German side Borussia Dortmund are reported to be prepared to offer £30.75 million (€25m - US$27.83m - AUS$38.49m).

There are some reports that there is a £19.21 million (€25m - US$44.53m - AUS$61.55m) release clause in his contract but Ribeiro told UOL Esporte that the release clause he inserted in the players contract was less.

"When we closed the contract, I put an exit clause of €18 million. So there's no need to pay the release clause to sign the player."

That clause in the contract signed between Gabriel 'Gabigol' Barbosa and Santos is valid until September 2019. The South American press write that Gabigol wants a move to an 'A' class club, Barcelona, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich. He has been reported as saying he wants to play for Barcelona and that could well happen given Barcelona and Santos have an agreement that gives the Spanish club first pick on their youngsters until 2018, part of the Neymar transfer.

As is often the case with South American players there is a third party to deal with. Gabigol's father, Valdemír Silva, owns 40% of the economic rights of his son so perhaps it would be a little easier than most.

He recently scored for Brazil on his debut against Panama having replaced Neymar in the squad. Gabigol is currently with the national team in the United States, preparing for next month's Copa América Centenário.

At youth level, he scored over 600 goals and made his senior debut for Santos at the tender age of 16. In 2014 he scored 21 goals in 56 games in all competitions and in 2015 netting 17 goals in 47 appearances. He scored 6 goals in 5 Brazil Inder-21 games and is expected to be one of the standout players at the Rio Olympics. 

He can play anywhere across the front line. In 2015, in 16 games on the left-wing, he scored 5 goals and had 2 assists, in 10 games on the right-wing he scored 3 goals and had 3 assists while his 1 game as a centre-forward saw him score 2 goals and have 2 assists.

We are in the market for the next generation of top quality players before they hit the big time and shoot up in price. This youngster clearly knows where the net is and is one we should be trying for. There are reports in the British press that Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal are interested in him. I should think everyone is.


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