According to a report from 90 min, the magpies have held preliminary talks regarding a move for the 25-year-old striker, and they are now prepared to make a concrete move for Barbosa.
The Brazilian has been in impressive form for Flamengo, and he has scored 103 goals in 145 appearances for them.
The 25-year-old has managed to force his way into the national team set-up as well, and he will be hoping to guide his country to World Cup glory later this year.
The report adds that the striker is open to joining Premier League club even though the magpies are in a relegation battle right now.
Signing a quality goal scorer like Gabriel Barbosa could transform Newcastle’s season.
The magpies need a reliable goalscorer, and Callum Wilson has been unable to deliver consistently because of his persistent injury problems.
The 25-year-old Brazilian could share the goalscoring burden with Wilson and fire Newcastle towards the top half during the second half of the season.
Gabriel Barbosa has played in Europe before with Inter Milan, but he struggled to showcase his potential back then. The player will be determined to prove his worth this time around, and the fact that he wants to move to the Premier League shows that he’s hungry to prove himself.
The Brazilian club will demand a fee of around £30 million for the Brazilian striker, and it remains to be seen whether the Premier League side can pull off the move before the January window closes.