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Former Chelsea Target’s Legal Battle and Innocence Assertion

By Sanchez Mar 27, 2024
Former Chelsea Target's Legal Battle and Innocence Assertion

Former Chelsea Transfer Target ‘Gabigol’, Touted as the ‘Next Neymar’, Receives Two-Year Football Ban

In a significant development in football news, Gabriel Barbosa, commonly known as ‘Gabigol’, who was once a prime target for Chelsea, has been handed a two-year ban from football following a doping fraud investigation. The Brazilian striker, who was previously linked with a move to Chelsea in 2020 during Frank Lampard’s tenure, intends to appeal this decision.

Gabigol’s potential move to Chelsea garnered substantial attention, especially during Antonio Conte’s managerial stint in 2016. At the time, reports suggested that Chelsea was poised to secure his signature, fending off competition from European giants like Barcelona and Juventus. However, Gabigol opted for Inter Milan before embarking on loan spells with Benfica and later rejoining Santos. Despite initial hype surrounding his talent, he faced challenges during his European ventures.

With an impressive record as a young player, including 65 goals in 164 games, and comparisons to Neymar, Gabigol remained a sought-after prospect. Chelsea, facing a transfer ban in 2019, was rumored to be interested in acquiring his services for reinforcement. Additionally, West Ham expressed interest in signing him.

Expressing his desire to play in England, Gabigol spoke highly of the Premier League, stating it combines technical prowess, strength, and speed. However, his dreams of a Premier League stint have been put on hold due to the recent ban.

Despite reports of interest from Manchester United last year, Flamengo’s vice president dismissed any possibility of a deal involving Gabigol. Now, Gabigol’s legal team is preparing to appeal the ban, emphasizing his clean record in previous tests and refuting allegations of wrongdoing.

Flamengo has voiced support for Gabigol, denying any fraudulent activity and expressing surprise at the ban. Gabigol himself took to Instagram to assert his innocence, vowing to cooperate with sports authorities and confident that justice will prevail. His case is expected to be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

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