Gabriel Barbosa.

Manchester United target Gabriel Barbosa is a star in the making

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Just when Manchester United fans thought their summer couldn't get any better, it would seem a fifth signing could soon arrive at the Theatre of Dreams.

A convincing 3-1 win over the weekend against Bournemouth was the perfect start to the new season for Jose Mourinho having already signed Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba.

But despite spending in excess of £150 million, the Portuguese could reportedly secure a £30 million deal for Brazilian wonderkid Gabriel Barbosa in the next 48 hours.


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The 19-year-old striker, currently at Santos, has risen to prominence at the Rio 2016 Olympics whilst playing alongside Barcelona's Neymar.

But just how much do United fans know about Brazil's latest prodigy? Probably not very much.

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And so, here's a collection of videos to give a better idea of what Barbosa would bring to the table at Old Trafford.


Much like countryman Neymar, Barbosa has a vast skill set and regularly demonstrates his tricks and flicks in Brazil's Serie A for Santos.

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A combination of explosive pace, acceleration and power allows the 19-year-old to speed past and muscle off opponents in the wide and central areas, creating space to shoot with his trusted left foot or swing a cross in to his teammates.

In late June, Barbosa scored a solo goal against Japan during an international friendly which exemplified such ferosity when driving at defenders (see below).

After picking up the ball some 45-yards out, the teenager breezed past three opponents before firing into the back of the net, albeit courtesy of a deflection.


There's a distinct correlation here between Barbosa and Neymar.

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Throughout the latter's time in Brazil, he tore defences apart with his creativity and ability to worm his way dangerous areas whilst on the ball.

Well, it appears those very same traits reside within Barbosa.

In the below video, the versatile striker flaunts his composure in front of goal - his lobbed finish for Brazil was particularly clinical - and his accuracy when using the outside of his left foot.

What United fans will arguably like most is Barbosa's inclination to drop deep and pick up possession.

Whereas Ibrahimovic and Rooney lack the pace to take on at opponents, the Brazilian would offer a unique outlet going forward.


Better yet, Gabigol - as he is known - is a huge admirer of Cristiano Ronaldo and hopes to emulate his success in professional football.

"I'm a big fan of [Cristiano] Ronaldo," he said. "He never gives up, he’s always trying to help his team and he scores a couple of goals every now and then."


The youngster was also asked about the prospect of playing in the Premier League, to which he replied: "I love that league. It has its own pace and power, which is beautiful to see.

"In the past people said that the English teams didn't play attractive football, but it's not true these days.

"I'm sure I would adapt to the Premier League without a problem."

It might just be written in the stars.

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