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Aston Villa forced to tear up £30m transfer plan as agent speaks out on Barbosa


Aston Villa have recently been credited with a link to Brazil hot shot Gabriel Barbosa, but his agent has poured cold water over such transfer speculation.

The Flamengo attacker has been rumoured to have attracted interest from several Premier League clubs, including Villa, Arsenal, West and Everton ahead of the January transfer window opening in four weeks time, as per 90min.

Barbosa, valued at around £30million, isn’t however likely to leave Brazil any time soon.

The 25-year-old’s agent Junior Pedroso has claimed there is no substance to the rumours linking the former Inter Milan striker to a move to England.

He told Yahoo Esports: “Only us from 4ComM and Gabriel’s father can speak on behalf of the athlete.

“There is absolutely nothing with the Premier League or any other league at the moment.”

Pedroso is adamant Gabriel has not had his head turned and remains fully focused on Flamengo, with three years remaining on his current contract.

“He is focused solely on playing for Flamengo because he is very happy at the club,” he added.

Villa have no shortage of options in forward areas, but with Danny Ings currently nursing an injury and Keinan Davis unlikely to receive many minutes in the Premier League this season, Gerrard could be encouraged to bolster his squad’s firepower.

Ollie Watkins and Cameron Archer are currently the only fit strikers at the club, but a move for Barbosa will not be happening.

Gabriel, nicknamed ‘Gabigol’, has netted 60 goals in 86 appearances for his current employers Flamengo and almost fired them to a Copa Libertadores title this season.

He was one of the standout players of the competition, but Flamengo were edged out 2-1 by Palmeiras in Saturday’s final.

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