Monday January 13 2020
Gabigol or Leao to replace Suarez?

Mundo Deportivo suggest Inter striker Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa and Milan’s Rafael Leao are options to replace injured Barcelona hitman Luis Suarez.

The Uruguay international had surgery this week on a knee ligament injury, ruling him out for at least four months.

It’s a huge setback for the Blaugrana, who are already stuttering this season.

Ousmane Dembele is also a long way off his full recovery, so Barcelona are going back on the transfer market.

According to newspaper Mundo Deportivo, options include Milan’s Portuguese Under-21 international Rafael Leao and Inter-owned Gabigol.

When it comes to Gabigol, the Brazilian is eager to remain at Flamengo, but the two clubs have been unable to agree a transfer fee.

His situation is particularly intriguing, as Inter want to sell him to raise funds for midfield reinforcements and could potentially include him as part of an exchange deal with Barcelona’s Arturo Vidal.

The 23-year-old scored 34 goals in 43 games for Flamengo, along with 11 assists, taking them to the league title and Copa Libertadores.

Gabigol is also wanted by Premier League sides Crystal Palace, West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur.

Other candidates for Barcelona include Carlos Vela (LA Galaxy), Donyel Malen (PSV Eindhoven) and Victor Osimhen (Lille).