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Napoli confirm Gabbiadini exit

Nemanja Lazarevic in Transfer News & Rumours 26 Dec 2016


Serie A giants Napoli have moved to confirm that Italian striker Manolo Gabbiadini will be sold at the earliest opportunity.

The Azzurri look set to complete the deal for Genoa forward Leonardo Pavoletti and once the transfer is wrapped up, they will sanction the sale of Gabbiadini.

The 25-year-old has largely struggled for form under Maurizio Sarri, and chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis believes he is simply not suited for the team’s current style of play.

“It’s not that he wasn’t able to express himself, but rather different things are asked of him and they are not in his wheelhouse,” De Laurentiis told Radio Kiss Kiss.

“Gabbiadini scored many goals at Sampdoria and also here under Rafa Benitez, so with a system other than the one Sarri uses he should have a better chance of being decisive.

“I thought that his performance in the first season was due to physical issues, but that wasn’t the case. He is simply not suited to Sarri’s football.

“Something that doesn’t fit cannot be made to fit, like an out of key note in a harmony. Sarri cannot lose points to help one player improve.”

In spite of his disappointing performances this season, Gabbiadini remains is held in high regard by top European clubs, with Everton, Wolfsburg and Stoke City among his suitors.

But, even though Napoli have already rejected offers in the region of €30 million, chances are they will have to settle for less in January.

Up until this season, Gabbiadini had mostly been restricted to substitute appearances, scoring 15 goals in 55 Serie A outings for the Azzurri.


Nemanja Lazarevic

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