Flamengo vice president Marco Braz has categorically dismissed reports that Manchester United are interested in signing Gabriel Barbosa during the January transfer window.
The Red Devils are rumored to be looking for a new center-forward during the winter transfer window in order to relieve pressure on Rasmus Hojlund.
The 20-year-old has shown plenty of potential throughout his early career at Old Trafford, scoring three times in three Champions League matches, but he has yet to score in eight Premier League appearances.
In the meantime, Anthony Martial has only scored once this season and is out of contract next summer, with the Frenchman generally anticipated to leave.
Barbosa has been linked with a move to Manchester United, and according to a recent report, the English giants are willing to let Antony travel in the opposite direction on loan.
However, Antony’s representative is said to have flatly refused such ideas, and the proposed swap deal has since been dismissed by Flamengo’s vice-president.
Braz was asked about the claims during an interview with O Globo, and he indicated there was “zero chance” of such a deal happening at the start of 2024.
Barbosa has 18 goals and four assists in 53 games for Flamengo this season, but his contract is set to expire at the end of December.
According to journalist Vene Casagrande, the forward is in talks with the Brazilian club about a new contract, with both parties eager to keep their relationship going.
Since joining Inter Milan in 2020, the 27-year-old has scored 139 goals and registered 38 assists in 246 games for his current club in all competitions.
Barbosa, an 18-time Brazil international, scored 56 goals in 154 games for Santos before joining Inter in 2016.
However, he failed to make an impression with the Italian giants, scoring just one goal in ten games.
Man United’s attacking problems this season are highlighted by the fact that Casemiro, who is presently out with a hamstring injury, is the club’s leading goalscorer with four.
Marcus Rashford has only scored once this season, with Bruno Fernandes, Scott McTominay, and Henrik Hojlund tied for second on three.