There are a number of highly-touted young Italian strikers coming through the ranks at present, a class Manolo Gabbiadini is well a part of.
The Sampdoria man is joined by the likes of Mattia Destro, Ciro Immobile and Simone Zaza among others in this category – providing him healthy competition on the national level.
So far this season the 22-year-old has distinguished himself by bagging four goals in 584 Serie A minutes, thriving under the direction of Blucerchiati boss Sinisa Mihajlovic.
This has him on the radar of clubs around Europe, with Tottenham reportedly taking an interest in him alongside Spanish champions Atletico Madrid.
It was originally believed that Spurs could make a move for the Italian in January to boost their attacking ranks, as Roberto Soldado, Emanuel Adebayor and Harry Kane have offer little up front.
But Gabbiadini’s co-owned status – Juventus hold 50 per cent of his rights with Sampdoria – has thrown any mid-season play for him in doubt.
Besides, the youngster has reason to stay at Marassi for the time being. He’s growing with each passing day and targeting a call-up to the senior Italy squad, which he has missed out on so far this term.
Gabbiadini’s agent has now confirmed that he will remain with the Blucerchiati past January, sharing his belief that the striker can break into the Azzurri set-up.
Silvio Pagliari told SportItalia: “Until June he will remain at Sampdoria, he is doing very well with Mihajlovic. [Italy head coach Antonio] Conte does not see him? I don’t know, you have to ask the coach.
“There is hope for a call, but it’s not an obsession. I believe, however, he can be a part of this Nazionale.”
This removes any hope that Tottenham could pull off a deal in the New Year, yet Pagliari did have some good news for Spurs in their pursuit of Gabbiadini.
“Juventus in June? If in June Juventus do not want him we will go abroad or to another big Italian club.”
Rule changes in Italy mandate that Gabbiadini’s co-ownership with Juventus be resolved next summer, meaning he’ll become available at that time.
In all likelihood the Bianconeri – with enough attacking firepower on their books – will sell their share of the Italian to Sampdoria. The Genoese outfit should then look to cash in on Gabbiadini if he has a mind to leave, much like Torino did with Ciro Immobile.
Pagliari indicating that Gabbiadini is open to going abroad can only bode well for Spurs, who would be able to compete financially with Italy’s bigger clubs for him.
If Gabbiadini can break into the Italy squad before next summer his willingness to leave Serie A should only be greater, having a sense of security and feeling it is time to move on.
Spurs won’t be getting their man in January but he’ll be an excellent option come June, at which point the time will be right to make a move to bring him to the Premier League.