Napoli star Manolo Gabbiadini was reportedly a transfer target for Everton during the summer window, but opted to stay at the Serie A club, who offered him the opportunity to play in the Champions League.

The Italian striker, however, has had a difficult start to the season, but opened his goalscoring account only in the last game against Chievo Verona.

The 24-year-old is reportedly negotiating a new contract at Napoli, and that has been confirmed by his agent, Silvio Pagliari, to Radio Crc (via

Pagliari insists everything is already agreed on a contract renewal, and that they had discussions with several clubs during the summer transfer window.

He said: “For the renewal we agree on everything, there is no problem, here are the details: the new contract is proof that the situations are changing and it is the desire of both parties to continue together.

“This summer we talked to several clubs, including Italian clubs, but we are proud of the offer proposed by De Laurentiis because things are going in the best way and we just have to continue on this path.”

Asked about a possible release clause in Gabbiadini’s contract, Pagliari denied those reports by saying: “In Naples clauses have always been lucky, but I wanted to establish with Napoli a long term relationship, for 5 years.

“With the clause it gives only one digit to the player on the market and at this time would not allow both to work peacefully.”