Speculation suggesting that Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini would be set for a return to Italy certainly isn’t new as we’ve seen it on the rumour mill every transfer window since he first arrived at St Mary’s Stadium – but Sampdoria as a destination is a relatively new destination.
With Sampdoria appearing last week as potential suitors, Sky Sports were reporting late yesterday evening that an agreement had been struck with the Serie A side for his services this month.
It was claimed and understood by Sky Italia that the 27-year-old would move initially on a loan deal, but a buy clause would be obligatory comes the end of the season and next summer.
He knows the club well having played for them between 2013 and 2015, prior to moving to Napoli where he caught our attentions.
New manager Ralph Hasenhuttl had previously confirmed interest from the club, AC Milan and Real Betis it seemed where he was happy to be quoted the other day saying.
“Sure, we have to decide and he has to decide where he wants to go. There are a few teams interested in Manolo, we will have a look and if there’s a result, we’ll tell you.”
Having arrived for a reported £14.6million back in January 2017, no figure is yet being put to this deal but I’d be amazed if it wasn’t some kind of loss.