Inter Milan are poised to sign Brazilian striker Gabriel Barbosa and Portuguese midfielder Joao Mario. The sought-after duo are both set to put pen to paper on long-term deals at the San Siro, where Frank de Boer recently replaced Roberto Mancini as the club's manager.
Barbosa – who is better known as Gabigol – starred for Brazil's gold medal-winning side at the Olympic Games in Rio, while Mario featured for Portugal on their way towards winning Euro 2016. Both players have been linked with a host of top clubs across the continent, but have now been pictured in Milan and are set to sign for Inter in the coming hours.
Gabigol was a reported transfer target for Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho. Earlier this month, in fact, it was claimed the Reds were preparing a £30m ($39.6m, €35m) offer to beat off competition from rivals across Europe.
The United manager was said to be keen to bring in a forward to bolster the attack and provide back up to Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Mourinho identified the talented Brazilian as the perfect candidate to fulfil the role, according to The Sun.
Meanwhile, Mario was strongly linked with United's Premier League rivals Liverpool earlier this summer, with Sporting Lisbon said to have rejected a big-money offer from the Merseysiders. "Proposals for the lad don't come directly to me. They go to his agent, Kia Joorabchian, and the Sporting President," Joao Mario Eduardo, the player's father, previously told Diario de Noticias, as translated by The Sun.
"I was informed, however, that the club said no to a €35m plus €10m in bonuses from Inter and €40m from Liverpool."
However, the duo are instead heading to Italy, where they are likely to form a key part of De Boer's new-look Inter team. The deals are yet to be officially confirmed by the Serie A giants, but Inter have documented the players' arrival via their Twitter account.