Our view: Tottenham Hotspur should move for Brazil international Gabriel Barbosa

Gabriel Barbosa Almeida of FC Internazionale in action during the Pre-Season Friendly match between FC Internazionale and Real Betis at Stadio Via del Mare on August 12, 2017 in Lecce,...

Spurs are reportedly on the lookout for a striker to bring to Tottenham Hotspur Arena next year and Gabigol is in sensational form.

Mauricio Pochettino manager

Tottenham Hotspur are reported to be on the lookout for a new striker for next year's transfer window, with Fenerbahce striker and Kosovo international Vedat Muriqi having been linked with Spurs in recent days.

According to Sabah in Turkey, Tottenham sent scouts to watch the 25-year-old in action for Kosovo on Saturday afternoon, with the report noting that the press in his home nation have compared him to Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Paulo Dybala also continues to be linked with Spurs, according to The Sun.

 

With Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente having left the Tottenham Hotspur Arena in the summer, Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly looking for another top striker to take the pressure off the talismanic Harry Kane.

One striker who Spurs could take a look at who is currently in red hot form and, based on current valuations, would set back a relatively modest fee for the North Londoners, is Inter Milan's Gabriel Barbosa, aka Gabigol.

Though the Brazilian's previous time in Europe was not particularly fruitful, with one goal apiece for Inter and Benfica (Transfermarkt), his quality has been on show back in Brazil, initially on loan back at Santos, with 18 goals and one assist in 35 Brazilian Serie A games.

Gabriel Barbosa Almeida of FC Internazionale celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between Bologna FC and FC Internazionale at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara on...

Now at Flamengo, the 23-year-old is reaching Ronaldo-esque levels of goalscoring, with 15 goals and four assists from just 14 Serie A games, and a further five goals in the Copa Libertadores for a total of 20 in all competitions this term (Transfermarkt).

The last transfer rumour surrounding Gabigol claimed that he was on the verge of a £16million permanent move to Flamengo (Sky Italia) - while Transfermarkt rates him at a similar £16.2million - though there has been no confirmation ahead of the closure of the transfer window, suggesting the Nerazzurri could still be considering their options come January.

Able to play as a centre-forward and a right-sided attacking midfielder, Gabigol is deemed "very strong" in holding on to the ball, "strong" in finishing, passing and key passes, and in terms of his playing style, he likes to cut inside, likes to dribble, and boasts a counter-attacking threat (Whoscored) - all characteristics which seem more than apt for Pochettino's Spurs.

Gabriel Barbosa of Santos vies for the ball against Willian of Palmeiras during a match between Santos and Palmeiras for the Brasileirao Series A 2018 at Pacaembu Stadium on July 19, 2018...

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