​Out-of-favour Gabriel 'Gabigol' Barbosa is on the verge of joining former side Santos on loan, after a torrid spell in Europe.

The forward joined Internazionale in the summer of 2016, but struggled to make an impression on then-manager Frank de Boer. 


Despite the Dutchman being promptly sacked, Gabigol struggled for game time at the Nerazzurri and failed to make a single start in ​Serie A.

Consequently, the 21-year-old was shipped off on loan to Benfica, but fared little better in Portugal. In the Primeira Liga, Gabigol could only muster a paltry three appearances in six months as the Eagles finished rock bottom of their Champions League group and sit third in the league.


The Italian outlet ​Gianluca di Marzio reports the Brazilian is nearing a return to his homeland with former club Santos on a 12-month loan.

It seems Inter are already preparing for a replacements and ​have been linked with Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge.

​Inter and Benfica have to agree on terms of the contract termination, but it is implied the Italian side will pay two thirds of the wages while at Santos.

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Mediaset Premium reported (via ​Football Italia) the move was imminent and the player would accept a salary reduction, but on an eighteen-month loan deal, with South American side paying Inter €1.5m.

Though Benfica were reported to have had an option to buy, it is not yet clear if such a chance is available for Santos, should the deal happen.