Inter like Lincoln and Lincoln dreams of Inter, but there's a lot of work to be done
Lincoln Correa dos Santos has only been an adult for two days as he just turned 18 years old on December 16th. And his birthday wish? To wear the shirt of Inter.
It is in fact no secret that the 2000-born striker is on the wish list of major European clubs. His physicality is impressive, talent is crystal clear but the young striker’s path of growth has been held back in recent months.
After earning the starting spot in the lineup, the new Flamengo coach, Dorival Jurnior, has relegated Lincoln several times to the bench. And now, the 18-year-old is no longer considered untouchable. To the point that the Brazilian club is willing to sell him for much less than the 50 million release clause in his contract, especially if they can get their hands on Gabriel Barbosa, Inter owned striker who recently spend several months on loan at Santos.
The club in Rio de Janeiro is seriously thinking about Barbosa who wants to play as a protagonist so that he can have a chance to return to the Brazilian national team. He would rather go back to Europe or even play for his chances with Inter (although Ausilio has been pretty clear that there is no room here for him). That being said, it is clear that being wanted so much by one of the biggest clubs in his country is something that he will give a consideration to.
In the meantime, Lincoln would like to continue to grow, arriving in Europe is of course his main objective as a footballer. Inter, in this case, would be a dream for him. The Nerazzurri also like him and this is why there is hope that an exchange with Gabriel Barbosa will go to the finish line. For his own good, perhaps for everyone’s.
There is nothing official yet, this negotiation is not ongoing and there is a lot of work to be done. Besides, Lincoln is a non-EU and both slots at Inter are already occupied. This means that for the young South American to land in Serie A, he must be registered to an ally in the league where he could stay on loan for 18 months.