The Brazilian striker’s agent confirmed last week that they were in negotiations over a move to Lisbon, and it’s thought the player himself had accepted the move.
“We’re talking with president Bruno de Carvalho,” Wagner Ribeiro told Record.
“We’ll see if we can close the deal.”
However, FCInterNews is reporting that the deal has completely stalled, as Sporting want the Nerazzurri to keep paying a large percentage of Gabigol’s wages, perhaps even 100 per cent.
Understandably, Inter don’t want to do that. If they are going to have to pay all of Gabigol’s wages why not keep him around? And if Sporting are unwilling to take on any of his wages, how interested are they really in signing the player?
“It will be another year in Europe for me and I believe that I will be more prepared, more mature in order to play at my best,” Gabigol said last month.
“I hope this evolution can be shown on and off the pitch. I believe that. Even during the break, I made a point of staying in good physical and mental shape
“I did physical work during this period to get back to Europe well. Now I will continue this and achieve my best physical and technical form in the season that will come.”
So what does Inter do with Gabigol now? It is clear that he does not fit into Luciano Spalletti’s plans for the upcoming season and he need to play, after basically sitting out all of last season.
The best option would be to send him to another Serie A side so that he can get used to playing football in Italy. But the lack of demand from other teams for the Brazilian shows what other teams think of his ability.
To think that 12 months ago Inter were linked with two Brazilian strikers; Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Barbosa, Jesus went to Manchester City and looks like he could become a superstar under Pep Guardiola. Meanwhile Inter cannot give Barbosa away. Someone at Inter made the wrong decision last summer.