President Erick Thohir has confirmed Inter Milan beat the “competition” to complete the signing of young Brazilian star Gabriel Barbosa.
The 20-year-old, nicknamed ‘Gabigol’ and dubbed the ‘next Neymar’, attracted interest from a whole of host of European clubs including Chelsea and Manchester United, but neither were able to prevent him from joining the Nerazzurri.
“There was competition from other clubs for Gabigol but he chose Inter personally,” Thohir confirmed. “He’s a young talent and for this reason we expect him to be an Inter player for many years.”
Thohir also told the club’s official website: “We’re proud that Gabigol has chosen to join us in order to prove what he can do in a new footballing environment, having already showcased his ability in the Brazilian domestic leagues and with the national team.”
“He will play a big part in the team both now and going forward.
“Inter have always kept an eye on young talent and we’re sure that Frank de Boer is the right coach to get the best out of stars like Gabigol.”