Tottenham target's international hopes dashed - Good or bad news for Spurs?

Tottenham Hotspur-linked striker Manolo Gabbiadini has been in fine form this term, but it wasn’t enough to make Antonio Conte’s Italy squad.

Sampdoria are flying under the guidance of boss Sinisa Mihajlovic, and in turn so is 22-year-old starlet Manolo Gabbiadini.

The Italian has already struck three goals in four Serie A appearances as Sampdoria sit third on the table with an undefeated record.

Tottenham are said to be keeping a keen eye on the youngster with another striker potentially required at White Hart Lane.

Emmanuel Adebayor, Roberto Soldado and Harry Kane have tallied just one goal between them so far in Premier League action, so another forward looks a necessity.

Complicating any potential deal is the fact that Gabbiadini is co-owned by Juventus with Sampdoria, meaning both clubs would need to agree to sell.

This is more of an issue with respect to the Blucerchiati than the Old Lady, as Juventus are well-stocked up front and clearly aren’t prepared to rely on Gabbiadini.

For all his success at Marassi this term, however, the 22-year-old hasn’t been able to break into the senior Italy set-up under Antonio Conte.

The Azzurri boss has chosen six forwards for his latest squad, and Gabbiadini has marked breaking into the side as one of his immediate goals.

He told Gazzetta dello Sport: “It would be beautiful. I had hoped already to be present for these two games. But everything goes on what I can do with Sampdoria.

“There are so many other good strikers. In a month, when the next squad is called, I’d really like to be there – it is an objective.”

Gabbiadini is of course well aware of the competition he faces to earn what would be the second senior Italy cap of his career.

At the same time, Sampdoria have provided a platform for success. If he can keep scoring regularly, it will only be a matter of time before a pragmatic Conte calls him up.

This presents another problem for Tottenham if they hope to secure Gabbiadini in January. He has stability and is thriving in Genoa, and would understandably be hesitant to give that up at a crucial stage of his career.

Perhaps he could be convinced to take the next step in his career with Spurs, but the North London outfit may have to wait until the end of this season to start that process.

Simone Zaza has launched his Italy career playing for one of Serie A’s smaller clubs in Sassuolo, something Gabbiadini knows well.

Playing for Sampdoria can allow him to follow this same path at present – and Tottenham then in turn could be the logical step up down the road when Gabbiadini is ready to move on.

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