It’s frequently overlooked at times in the transfer window, but seldom you need to take a step back and think about who has the most to gain when specific knowledge and stories are leaked.
If a club requires to keep a player, then they shouldn’t want any talk about a possible move, but if you’re going to move someone on and there are one or two clubs interested, then it makes sense to build up some speculation about a possible bidding war.
According to a report from Sports Witness, that seems to be the place with Inter Milan and Gabriel Barbosa. They cite a report from Gazzetta in Italy which states that Flamengo are the only club with a genuine interest in the forward who led them to glory in the Cope Libertadores last year.
They acknowledge that the Blues and potentially West Ham have been talked up as potential suitors, but the Gazzetta report dismisses those links as being entirely made up and it’s a tactic to try and increase his value.
They also hint that economics in Brazil aren’t as strong as the Premier League clubs, so Inter Milan can’t expect a giant fee if he ends up making the permanent transfer back to Brazil.
It admittedly sounds like the Chelsea supporters shouldn’t be expecting him to turn up at Stamford Bridge anytime soon.