Manchester United is actively searching for an additional forward as they prepare for the upcoming January transfer window. One potential addition on their radar is Flamengo forward Gabriel Barbosa, who has recently garnered their attention. Barbosa, widely known as Gabigol, has been in excellent form, scoring 18 goals for Flamengo this season.
The Red Devils are seeking attacking reinforcements, particularly in light of Rasmus Hojlund’s goal drought since his summer arrival. This has fueled speculation that United’s manager, Erik ten Hag, might be looking to secure another striker in the upcoming transfer window.
Recent reports from The Mirror suggest that Manchester United is considering a part-exchange deal for Barbosa, potentially involving player Antony moving in the opposite direction. While Barbosa had previously ventured into European football with Inter Milan before returning to Brazil in 2021, a move to United could mark his return to the top flight of European football.
However, such a transfer could be met with controversy, as Barbosa has expressed admiration for Liverpool and even hinted at the possibility of playing for them in the past. He praised Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino and acknowledged the appeal of playing for the club. Liverpool is not currently pursuing Barbosa, which could give United a clear path to signing him. Nevertheless, it remains to be seen how the Old Trafford faithful would react to his previous comments.
Gabriel Barbosa is not the sole name on United’s shortlist for attacking reinforcements. Players like Ivan Toney and Victor Osimhen are also of interest to the club. Additionally, Medhi Taremi from Porto has been mentioned as a possible target. The final decision on which direction Manchester United will take in the January transfer window is yet to be determined.