According to Italian media outlet Calciomercato, Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini is likely to make a Serie A return this summer, with La Gazzetta dello Sport, via a separate Calciomercato report, stating that Saints are looking for a fee of €15m (around £13m) for the Italy international.
It would certainly be something of a surprise if the south coast outfit did cash in on the 26-year-old, who earns £80,000-a-week according to Spotrac, after he previously admitted following the end of the 2017/18 campaign that he wanted to stay in the Premier League and continue to prove himself, but there are also some big potential consequences of an exit being agreed.
We at Football FanCast believe that the money received for Gabbiadini could help them reach the figure Spartak Moscow want for the south coast outfit’s January transfer target Quincy Promes, while it would surely give Sam Gallagher an opportunity to fight for a first-team spot following his return from a season-long loan spell with Birmingham City.
We asked Southampton fans to vote on our poll to see whether they wanted their club to sell their hero from the crucial relegation clash with Swansea City last month or not, and a whopping 84% said they wanted him to stay even if it could possibly scupper a move for Promes.
Mark Hughes, who should sign a 6ft 4in England international if Chelsea seal a £45m transfer deal, could be set for a busy summer transfer window and it will certainly be interesting to see what happens with Gabbiadini, who is a huge St Mary’s favourite.