Chelsea and Arsenal have been given a boost in their pursuit of Gabriel Barbosa after the Santos president insisted Juventus’ move for ‘Gabigol’ is far from done.
Reports in Italy have suggested that Juve are on the verge of announcing the signing of the prodigious Brazilian striker, following the arrival of Gonzalo Higuain.
That news had come as a blow to both Arsenal and Chelsea, who are both hoping to bring the 19-year-old hotshot to the Premier League.
But the London pair have been given fresh hope after it emerged that Juve still have much work to do if they want to conclude a deal for Barbosa.
Santos president Modesto Roma told UOL Esporte: “I have received a proposal, but it is just the first offer and it’s still early.”
Although, part of the hold up in the potential move is due to a dispute over the player’s ownership, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport.
As is common with young Brazilian talent, Gabigol is not owned outright by his club – with Santos owning just 40 per cent of the player and his parents laying claim to another 40 per cent of their son.
His representatives Doyen Sports own the remaining 20 per cent and it has been reported that it is this financial split which is making any deal complicated.