“FC Internazionale Milano can announce that an agreement has been reached for Gabriel Barbosa to move to Santos,” a short statement on Inter’s website begins.
“The Brazilian forward will move to the club in the Sao Paulo region on loan until 31 December 2018.”
Gabigol arrived with fanfare in 2016 from Santos with a big price tag of €33.5m move. But he failed to impress three Inter managers and never made a Serie A start for the club, scoring only once.
“It’s all very different now,” Gabigol said on Santos TV.
“I have matured and learned a great deal with so much experience. I return very different as a person too. I am more of a man now, more mature, but with the same ambition as always.
“I want to score goals and give my best to help the team. My love for this club will be eternal. My family knew my desire to come back, also so that I could be closer to them.
“I will never disguise that Santos is the club I support. I think 2018 is going to be a special year.
“I learned so much in Europe. There were good experiences and bad ones, but I hope to use everything I’ve learned to find my space here. My objective is also to get back into the Brazil squad, but first I am focused on Santos.”
I doubt if we will ever see Gabigol in an Inter short again, but he is still only 21, and still has lots of time to resurrect his career.