Gabigol could be set for Inter exit

Wagner Ribeiro has said that a January exit from Inter for his client Gabriel Barbosa is a real possibility if he continues to be overlooked by coach Stefano Pioli.

The 20-year-old Brazilian, who signed for the Serie A club on a five-year deal for 29.5 million euros in August, has spent much of his time at the club watching his teammates from the bench.

The player nicknamed 'Gabigol' saw his game-time at Inter limited under previous boss Frank de Boer, with the club struggling in the league.

But his situation at the club has not improved, with Ribeiro insisting he will leave if he isn't afforded more time on the pitch.

Ribeiro told Radio Bandeirantes: "Gabriel is not happy at the moment. It’s not a case of being in conflict with his teammates; the problem is that he never gets a chance to play.

"In January we want the situation resolved."

He added: "Just before he left, Frank de Boer said there was no problem but now with Pioli, the situation is the same."

Inter, who continue to struggle for consistency, currently find themselves in 10th place in the league standings. While they defeated Fiorentina in the league on Monday, that result was followed by a 3-0 loss to in from Napoli.

Ribeiro continued: "If he doesn’t get a chance to play when his team are 3-0 down to Napoli, when will he get a chance?

"This possibility exists and he could return to Brazil in 2017 even if that would be seen as a step backwards. 

"There is, however, the situation concerning the non-EU slot that Gabriel takes in the team. If he goes out on loan to Brazil they would lose this place so it would be easier for him to head out to another club in Italy."