SAO PAULO — Brazil’s rising star Gabriel Barbosa says a decision on his future will be announced “soon”, amid intense speculation over a move to Europe.
The 19-year-old has been linked with Barcelona, Arsenal and Chelsea in recent weeks, with reports in Spain suggesting the Catalans have moved to tie up a deal after technical director Robert Fernandez flew out to watch him play.
The Santos attacker, speaking after he scored in the 3-1 win over Ponte Preta on Saturday, has suggested that news of his next move is imminent.
“I played as if it was my last game here,” he told reporters. “Soon you will know something.”
Barbosa later posted a picture on Instagram, with the caption: “My heart is Alvinegro and it will always beat for you. Santos is my life. I will love you until death.”
Gabriel, also known as Gabigol, has been compared to compatriot Neymar due to his sparkling form in the Brasileirao since his debut in 2013.
Neymar left Santos for Barca later in the year and now form a deadly striking trio with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez at Nou Camp.