Gabriel Barbosa: Chelsea plot to sign Brazilian striker as Giroud's replacement

Gabriel Barbosa: Chelsea plot to sign Brazilian striker as Giroud's replacement

- Gabriel Barbosa is wanted by Chelsea's Frank Lampard in the January window

- Reports claim the Blues are looking to create competition for Tammy Abraham

- The Brazil international has also been linked with London club West Ham United

Gabriel Barbosa has become a top target for Chelsea in the January transfer window as Frank Lampard is keen to provide competition for Tammy Abraham, reports claim.

Olivier Giroud and Mitchy Batshauyi have been linked with moves out of Stamford Bridge with Aston Villa reportedly interested in signing both strikers for injured Wesley.

And Brazilian star Barbosa has been tipped to create competition for Abraham who has scored 12 Premier League goals for the Blues this season.

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But according to the Express, Barbosa could be plying his trade in the Premier League with Chelsea after a successful loan spell with Flamengo.

The 23-year-old who is also Neymar's brother-in-law had an impressive performance at the Copa Libertadores, the South American version of the Champions League.

West Ham have also been linked with the Brazil international as new manager David Moyes is looking to ease pressure on Sebastian Haller.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Pep Guardiola has conceded the fact that he will return to his homeland Barcelona to coach again with two years left on Manchester City deal.

The 48-year-old began his coaching career at Camp Nou where he won six trophies in his first season in charge of the senior side.

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