Five facts on reported Manchester United target Gabriel Barbosa

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Brazil's latest young talent is being linked with a move to Manchester United - but what do we know about the Santos star?

Humble beginnings

Gabriel was spotted by the legendary Zico while playing futsal as a youngster in the streets of Sao Paolo and was signed up to the Santos youth setup at the tender age of eight.

Dubbed the 'new Neymar', he made global football headlines back in 2013 after putting pen to paper on a professional contract with the club that included a €50 million buyout clause.

Goals galore

Gabriel's agent, Wagner Ribeiro, claims that the forward has scored around 600 goals for Santos at various levels, a feat that has earned him the nickname “Gabigol” in some quarters.

He netted his first goal for the Santos first team on January 18, 2014 at the age of just 16, scoring in a home victory over XV de Piracicaba. To date, Gabriel has scored 22 goals in 68 games.

Scoring feats

Gabriel already holds a special place in the hearts of Santos fans after scoring the club's 12,000th goal in a 5-1 win over Botafogo that saw the club claim the Campeonato Paulista back in February 2014.

While he has been dubbed the 'new Neymar' the striker's short, stocky frame means he has more in common with Manchester City favourite Sergio Aguero.

Youth experience

The striker showcased both sides of his game at the 2014 Torneo Internacional de Fútbol Sub-20 de L'Alcúdia – a special invitational tournament for youth teams open to national sides and club teams.

Representing Brazil, Gabriel finished the tournament as top scorer but failed to feature in the final after picking up a red card against Argentina in the semi-finals.

Transfer future

Manchester United face competition from both Inter Milan and Real Madrid for Gabriel Barbosa's signature but all three must wait in line to see if Barcelona take up an option on the 18-year-old.

The Catalan club get first refusal on the Santos star as part of the deal that saw them sign Neymar but with just 18 months left on his current deal, he could be available for around half of his €50 million release fee.

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