New Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is yet to even officially take charge of the club, but the agent to Manolo Gabbiadini is on his way to England seeking answers to his client’s future, per an interview to RMC Sport.
Gabbiadini’s representative Silvio Pagliari told RMC Sport that Southampton’s change in management has put him on edge, as he no longer has certainties his client is not for sale.
“Southampton changed coach, so we have to see what happens … A week ago it was unstoppable [not for sale], today we do not know,” Pagliari explained. “I will go to England because in these moments we need clarity even to then think about the transfer market.
“I do not even name [possible destinations] because as I said before, for Gabbiadini to remain in the Premier League would still be important, we have some offers, even from Italy, we will see what will happen”.
As Pagliari alludes to, Gabbiadini had already been linked with multiple moves back to Italy, with Fiorentina said to be keen with the striker on the Saints’ fringes, while Sampdoria considered bringing the 27-year-old back to a club he spent two seasons at previously.
If a move is to occur, Southampton could be looking for a figure in the region of £10million, going by Transfermarkt’s current valuation.
By definition, Gabbiadini is not the ideal striker for Hasenhuttl’s masterplan on how the game should be played. The Austrian idolises the gegenpressing tactic of rushing the opposition from the first line of attack.
That said, the Italian is actually perfect to help Southampton in its rebuilding phase for the striker does not present a limited option, especially when compared to Charlie Austin, who has shown he no longer has the legs for the Premier League.
The Atalanta product alongside a pacey, hound-like forward in Danny Ings or Shane Long would be the perfect partnership, as neither are gifted with a lethal touch in front of goal or a regular clean bill of health.
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