Everton and Manolo Gabbiadini wasn’t just a summer love story. Or so the Italian press would have us believe.
According to the latest claims from Italy, the Toffees aren’t only still interested in the striker, but have also just made a bid for him.
CalcioMercato.it claims Ronald Koeman’s Everton have offered €17m for the 25-year-old, looking at a January move. But the bid was rejected as Napoli keep pushing for more money.
Everton also offered a percentage of any future transfer profit, but even that didn’t swing it for the merseyside club.
Calciomercato.it claims that the Italian side would want at least €22m to negotiate for the player, given the good offers from the last summer window which came close to this amount.
Gabbiadini’s numbers from this season aren’t very good. The player scored only two goals in 14 games, and that’s why he’s being subbed off or brought on from the bench in most of the matches.
The player can’t impress even after the injury to Napoli’s number one striker, Arkadiusz Milik. This is the reason why Napoli are likely to accept a sale, but only in case a club show up meeting their demands.
Ronald Koeman still being interested would be understandable, if the claims during the summer are true. The Dutchman isn’t likely to forget about Gabbiadini overnight.
However, given his form this season, and Napoli’s apparent willingness to sell, the figures would simply have to drop from their summer values. Perhaps the key is Napoli bringing in a replacement before the sale, something the Italian media feels their keen to do.
Once Napoli can do that, Everton’s original €17m offer may look more attractive.