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Reports: Real Madrid and Barcelona fighting for Brazilian sensation Gabriel 'Gabigol' Barbosa

17.33K   //    29 Jun 2016, 15:20 IST
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Brazil's latest wonder kid, Gabriel Barbosa, is attracting a lot of interest from various clubs across Europe. Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich were the first to be linked with 19-year-old. That interest was followed by various Premier League clubs including Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and more. 

Now, though, the Santos star is linked with the two commercially largest clubs in the world – Real Madrid and Barcelona. Zinedine Zidane and Luis Enrique have been intrigued by the youngsters' performance in the Copa America 2016 are willing to add him into their squads for the following seasons. 

Gabriel has scored five goals in ten appearances combined for his national team and club this season. His pace, close control and the ability to make a goal-scoring chance out of nothing has piqued the interest of many European clubs. He also has a reported €18 million release clause in his contract – which seems like a small investment for someone showing so much promise. 

Often dubbed the 'next Neymar', Gabriel has the ability to shine and improve in a competitive league such as the Premier League and the La Liga but is by all definitions still a 'raw talent' and has a long way to go before he can take on a lot of responsibility on his own. 

Real Madrid and Barcelona, meanwhile, have been linked with a lot of players in recent weeks. The Catalans are looking for centre-backs and midfielders with the likes of Samuel Umtiti and Marquinhos linked. 

Madrid, however, are targeting a top class striker with the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang linked in recent weeks. They're also targeting young strikers in Keita Balde and more. With this in mind, their interest in Gabriel is likely as they look to replace Karim Benzema. 

Even though they've signed Alvaro Morata for €30 million, their pursuit of other strikers is palpable. Morata is targeted by multiple Premier League clubs with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City most interested in signing him. 

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