Brazilian forward Gabriel Barbosa is keen to make a success of his career at Internazionale despite his late summer loan switch to Benfica.
The 21-year-old, known as ‘Gabigol’, joined Inter from Santos last summer for a reported €29.5m fee after strong performances in his native Brazil and at the 2016 Olympics.
However, he has struggled to adapt in Serie A and establish himself in the side. He completed a deadline day loan move to Portuguese outfit Benfica this week, but is still hoping to return to Inter and cement his place in future.
“I’m happy to have been given this great chance and to be able to show my qualities,” he told Premium Sport, via ?Football Italia.
“The offer arrived yesterday at 3pm. There was no official proposal before that.
“I hope to play as much as possible, but my biggest objective is to do well in Portugal, in order to return to Inter.
“I don’t know why it didn’t work out for me, but I can guarantee that I was busy every day and I was always ready. After that, I didn’t play.
“The fans? I’d like to thank them for the love they gave me: I love them very much. I really liked Milan, so I thank Inter for this opportunity. I hope to one day return the love I’ve been given. Forza Inter!”
Barbosa only managed nine Serie A appearances for the Nerazzurri last season, all of them from the bench, and scored one goal. However, a successful loan spell in Portugal could see him return to his parent club and feature for them on a regular basis.
?An Internazionale official has revealed that the club pulled out of a potential deal for Arsenal centre-back Shkodran Mustafi after the club failed to agree to Arsenal’s high demands.
Inter director Piero Ausilio has revealed that the Milan side made an offer consisting of a £4.6m loan deal leading to the option to buy next summer for £23m.
The deal fell through due to Arsenal’s demands as the North London club wanted to hold out for a bid in the region of the £35m they paid Valencia for the defender last summer.
As reported by the ?Daily Mail, the Inter director commented on the situation around the player.
He said: “The only negotiations we really entered into for a centre-back was Shkodran Mustafi, but when we saw his club’s demands, we let it go”.
Despite making 31 appearances in total under Arsene Wenger last season, the Gunners were apparently willing to let Mustafi leave this summer for the right price.
However, one player Ausilio was happy to keep on the books at Inter was Ivan Perisic – a supposed target of Manchester United.
“Keeping hold of Ivan Perisic was a great buy, really, We are convinced that we signed players who are suited to the project, as Inter have proved they are ready for the start of the season.
“There are no regrets, we did things that were functional to the project and compatible with our circumstances. We signed midfielders, we brought in Karamoh and another interesting young players like Skriniar, who is performing well”.
?Inter Milan flop Gabriel Barbosa has left the club, according to their official site, to join Benfica on loan for the duration of the 2017/18 season, with the Portuguese champions holding an option to make the deal permanent.
Gabriel, often referred to as Gabigol, joined Inter from Santos in a deal worth close to €30m just last summer. He was billed as the next big thing to emerge from Brazil and was as hyped as much as fellow youngster Gabriel Jesus prior to his move from Palmeiras to Manchester City.
But where Jesus has flourished since arriving in Europe, Gabriel has floundered.
He failed to establish himself at Inter, playing only sparingly in all competitions throughout the 2016/17 campaign, and will hope to get his career back on track in Portugal.
The absence of a language barrier may well help the 20-year-old settle better in Lisbon.
Benfica have reportedly won the race for the signature of Inter forward Gabriel Barbosa – ‘Gabigol’ – ?who is set to join the Portuguese club on a season-long loan deal.
21-year-old Gabigol was touted as one of the finest young talents in world football but had a disappointing debut season with Inter, and as such the forward has looked elsewhere for regular game time and has been subject to interest from the likes of Sporting and FC Porto.
However, according to reports from ?O Jogo the 21-year-old is close to a move to Benfica after the Portuguese club agreed to a season-long loan deal for the forward, where they are also set to only pay one-third of his salary – with Inter to subsidise the remainder of his income.
Benfica are also set to have an option to buy Gabigol for €25m at the conclusion of his season-long contract, if he impresses during his time at Estádio da Luz.
With the terms of a contract seemingly agreed, the Brazilian forward is set to leave San Siro for at least one season as he looks to live up the high expectations placed upon him following his move to Italy last summer.
The 21-year-old’s debut season in the Serie A resulted in a measly nine appearances from the bench, which returned one goal in a total 113 minutes for the entirety of the 2016/17 season.