According to Italian media outlet Gianluca Di Marzio, out of favour Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini is a January target for Serie A side Bologna, and Saints fans have been quick to have their say on the rumour.
The Italy international made a huge impression at St Mary’s following his move from Napoli this time last year, including scoring a brace in their 3-2 defeat against Manchester United in the EFL Cup final in February.
However, he has struggled to find the net since or perform well in the lone striker role, and the 26-year-old has only started one of the lowly south coast outfit’s last 12 Premier League matches having fallen down the pecking order under Mauricio Pellegrino, with Bologna ready to take him back to Serie A this month.
Southampton supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on the potential exit, and while one described it as “a new low from the board”, another said it would be “absolutely criminal to let a talented player like Gabbi leave”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
This is awful from the club, and Pellegrino. His mismanagement of Gabbiadini has been nothing short of awful. https://t.co/LB0JYf6907
— Sam (@sfcswh) January 15, 2018
If we let Gabbi go then it just sums up how poor this manager and board currently are. Massively wasted talent sat warming up a bench. #saintsfc
— Aaron Holloway-Jenks (@aaronsfc15) January 16, 2018
— THE12THMAN (@The12T) January 16, 2018
Can understand Gabbi wanting to leave. Wasted here. But selling (arguably) our best goal scorer when we are in a relegation battle is unbelievable. #SaintsFC
— Gary Dabbs (@SaintDabbsie) January 16, 2018
Selling Gabbiadini would be a new low from the board
— Sam (@roathy_) January 15, 2018
If we let Gabbiadini leave but keep Pellegrino I'm done with this club! If our stupid clueless manager would set the team up with Manolo in we would be scoring more goals and look more of a threat… our board have officially lost the plot! #saintsfc 😠😠
— ▪Ash▪ (@THE_SA1NTS) January 15, 2018