When Southampton first signed Manolo Gabbiadini from Napoli, it seemed like they’d managed to get the deal of the year as he scored four goals in his first three league games, as well as two in the EFL Cup final against Manchester United.

However, the goals have dried up since, and with just four in 27 appearances this season, Mauricio Pellegrino is struggling to trust the Italian striker.

This loss of form led to a handful of rumours during the January window, with a return to Italy touted despite his agent repeating a number of times he would stay at Southampton.

Well, with the window now behind us and the former Napoli forward still with the Saints, the rumours have started up again, with Bologna a reported destination.

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Corriere dello Sport are the ones reporting that Simone Verdi’s “no” to Napoli and the cost of the operation meant a deal for Gabbiadini was never done, but contact has continued.

The Italy international is said to want to return to Italy, and had already made everyone aware of that during the January window.

As for the feasibility, it all depends on the player, as his current wages of €2.5m/year are too much for Bologna.

If he agrees to take a pay cut, then something could potentially get done, especially if Simone Verdi agrees to move to a bigger club in the summer, as his reported price of €12-15m would be affordable.

Much like his saga taking him from Napoli to Southampton, we expect his exit from St Mary’s to be a long drawn out process.