Santos president Modesto Roma has today revealed that he has held discussions with Manchester United and Chelsea over the possible transfer of striker Gabriel Barbosa.
Barbosa 19, has attracted a host interest from clubs all around Europe, with Leicester City, Juventus and Inter Milan all said to have had bids in excess of twenty million pounds made for the player.
Since making his debut for Santos back in 2013, Barbosa has struck twenty one goals in each of the last two seasons for Santos (2014, 2015) and is currently on international duty representing his home nation Brazil at the Rio Olympic games.
Speaking exclusively in an interview to Goal.com Modesto Roma confirmed United’s interest in the forward, but refused to confirm whether a bid had actually been made for the player, insisting that thus far only productive conversations about partnerships had taken place between United and the other clubs.
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Rashford already leading United’s attack going into the new season, it begs the question whether or not the reds do actually need to take a chance on the youngster at this moment in time.
With Jose Mourinho likely to field Zlatan Ibrahimovic up front on his own in the bigger games and Marcus Rashford likewise in the lesser games, it raises an instant concern as to where Barbosa would actually fit into the Manchester United side and just how much game time he would get on the pitch if any.
The Brazilian youngster is undoubtedly talented, but would moving across the shores to Old Trafford really be the best step for his footballing career? I highly doubt it. He would find game time very limited, his development as a footballer would probably suffer, the language barrier would no doubt be a concern and the likelihood is he probably would end up been sent out on loan to another club where he would have to start all over again.
Mourinho has a habit of naming an unchanged starting eleven week in week out, as he seeks domestic and European success. Barbosa’s best chance of appearing in a red shirt will arguably be for the reserves and for a player with all that potential, it won’t be fair on the youngster.
Staying at Santos to develop not just as a footballer, but as a man would be the best option for the youngster at this present time. If he is as talented as many as the footballing world believes he is, the time will come in the future for him to move onto bigger and better things, whether that be united or another club. The time is not now.