Inter and Benfica are very close to an agreement to end the loan deal for Gabigol, allowing the Brazilian to return to former club Santos.
Gabigol’s disappointing loan transfer to Benfica is about to come to an end with Inter and the Portuguese club finalising the details to terminate the remainder of the season long loan, as a result of this the Brazilian forward will have the go-ahead to move to Santos and return to his former team.
Santos will pay a third of the young Brazilian’s wages in what seems will be a season long loan, according to Mediaset Premium.
A graduate of the well respected Santos academy, Gabriel Barbosa was given the nickname “Gabigol” because of his prolific scoring record, but since signing for Inter in August 2016 for €29.5 million, the Brazilian international has failed to prove his worth in Serie A and didn’t start a single game for Inter last season as he only made 9 Serie A appearances that all came from the substitutes bench.
In addition to this, the young Brazilian was the recipient of the ‘Bidone d’Oro’ award of 2017. The Bidone d’Oro is awarded to the most disappointing player in Serie A at the end of each calendar year by Catersport.
Consequently, Gabigol was sent on loan to Benfica but has failed to impress again only appearing three times in six months for the Portuguese outfit.
According to Gianluca Di Marzio, a deal is imminent between Inter and Santos for Gabigol’s services and the loan deal is expected to be finalised in the next week.