Official: Gabriel Barbosa signs for Flamengo

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 19: Gabriel Barbosa of Santos vies for the ball against Willian of Palmeiras during a match between Santos and Palmeiras for the Brasileirao Series A 2018 at Pacaembu Stadium on July 19, 2018 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Miguel Schincariol/Getty Images)

Flamengo have confirmed they’ve signed Gabriel “Gabigol” Barbosa from Inter Milan on loan for the whole year

The Brazilian side confirmed their interest in signing Gabigol towards the end of last month after an impressive loan spell with old club Santos last season.

The 22-year-old forward had returned to Inter on January 7 and expressed his hope that manager Luciano Spalletti would give him a chance to prove himself.

But it turns out Gabigol has no part of Inter’s plans with the Brazilian tweeting a video of himself playing Pro Evolution Soccer as a Flamengo player on Wednesday to announce his exit.

Now Flamengo have confirmed it on their website and added that they will have Gabigol on loan until the end of the 2019 Brazilian Serie A season, which ends in December.

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Gabigol scored 18 goals in 35 Brazilian Serie A matches for Santos last season.