Manchester United target Gabriel Barbosa has admitted that he would be open to joining Barcelona to play alongside his compatriot Neymar. The duo were part of the Brazil squad that won their first Olympic gold in football at the recently concluded games in Rio.
The Santos forward is expected to make a decision on his future in the coming days after admitting that his focus was completely on the Olympics. There are a number of clubs from across Europe interested in his services, after his current employers made it clear that they are willing to negotiate a transfer this summer.
Apart from the Red Devils, Leicester City and Arsenal have also shown interest from England, while Inter Milan and Juventus are the clubs leading the way in the Serie A. The Foxes were said to have been confident of landing the in-demand forward, but the interest from United is set to have turned the forward's head with Mourinho said to be willing to part with £30m ($39m) to bring him to Old Trafford.
However, according to the Brazilian club's president Modesto Romo, Inter are the only club to have made an official approach, but they are waiting for the player's decision before opening negotiations with the Italian club. Barcelona, who are also looking to sign a forward this summer will be boosted by the player's comments and could make a move as they look for back options for Luis Suarez.
"Up until now, I haven't really had the time to think about anything because my attention was completely on the Olympics," Barbosa, who is more commonly known as Gabigol said, as quoted by the Sun.
"Now I will celebrate with my family, then I will return to Santos and think about what I should do."
"He is a great player and playing alongside him would truly be beautiful," the Brazilian forward said, when asked about the prospect of playing alongside Neymar at Barcelona.