But the Brazilian has been a bust and today Inter shipped him out to Benfica on what is officially called a loan with option to buy.
“FC Internazionale Milano can confirm that GabrielBarbosa has joined SLBenfica on a season-long loan, with the Portuguese side also having the option to make the deal permanent,” a short statement confirmed.
Lets be clear here. Benfica will not be buying Gabigol in 12 months. They did not want to pay a penny of his wages as recently as last week. Inter are paying up to 80% of his wages while he is on Portugual.
Benfica is a high profile club in the Champions League. I am not convinced that he could break into the Benfica line-up. Instead of the ego pleasing move, he should have went to a smaller club in Portugal where he could have played ever week and got his career back on track.
But he has gotten bad advice and I doubt if we will ever see him in an Inter shirt again.