By Nick Ware

30th Nov, 2021 | 3:10pm

Everton in hunt to sign Flamengo's Gabriel Barbosa as Brazil striker set to push for England move

Everton are among a host of Premier League clubs battling to sign Flamengo striker Gabriel Barbosa, according to 90min.

Barbosa, 25, commonly known as “Gabigol”, has been in prolific form over the last few years, topping the Copa Libertadores goalscoring charts in two of the last three seasons.

The Brazilian is now eyeing a return to Europe after his only previous spell on the continent – at Inter Milan, which included a loan at Benfica – went awry.

Gabigol is said to prefer a move to the Premier League over La Liga or a return to Serie A, with “significant interest” emanating from England.

Everton are one side “in the hunt for his signature”, alongside West Ham, Arsenal, Aston Villa and Newcastle United, with the quintet considering bids.

90min claim that it would take a financial package worth in excess of £30mmilion to consider selling their star striker, but Gabigol is ready to push for a move.

One Brazilian in, one out?

Clearly, Everton do not appear to be in a position to splash out £30million on a player in the January transfer window.

The club’s current financial woes were laid bare in the summer as Rafa Benitez was only able to spend £1.7million in transfer fees on one player – Demarai Gray.

But the hope will be that their situation will change for the 2022/23 campaign, and their budget could also be significantly bolstered by a big sale.

Everton’s two biggest assets are at the top of the pitch – Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison.

If it comes down to who Blues are most desperate to cling onto, the answer would be emphatic from many – Calvert-Lewin.

It was reported in the summer that Richarlison was angling for a move to PSG, and that is a move that could certainly be on during next summer with Kylian Mbappe likely to leave the French giants.

Gabigol would probably cost less than half of what the Blues could net for Richarlison, and they would be getting themselves someone not too dissimilar.

The Flamengo forward is naturally a centre-forward but is equally adept at playing off a focal point and drifting out wide.

There looks to be serious competition for him, though, and he may be snapped up in January.

In other Everton news, a new name has emerged as a potential Rafa Benitez successor with the Blues plotting a move for this Portuguese manager.

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