Tottenham-linked Manolo Gabbiadini joins Napoli for €13m

The Italy international is headed for San Paolo after Rafa Benitez’s men bought the player’s rights from Juventus.

With Tottenham in the market for a new striker this January to help Harry Kane carry the goalscoring load, Sampdoria’s Manolo Gabbiadini has been repeatedly linked with a switch to White Hart Lane.

However, Mauricio Pochettino will now need to look elsewhere after it has been confirmed that Napoli have signed the Italy international forward for a collective fee of €13 million.

The 23-year-old was co-owned by Sampdoria and Juventus, but the news of Gabbiadini’s move to Naples was confirmed in a statement by Juventus in a statement.

The centre forward has netted seven goals in 11 Serie A starts this season and is widely acknowledged as one of the most promising attackers in the Italian game.

Napoli later confirmed the news of his arrival on their website, with Croatian left-back Ivan Strinic also signing on a free transfer.

“Napoli have formalised the outright signing of Ivan Strinic and the outright transfer of Manolo Gabbiadini,” the club statement reads.

“The Croatian defender will take the number 3 shirt, and the new Azzurri striker will have the number 23.”

Gabbiadini will face competition from the likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Duvan Zapata for a starting place in the Napoli line-up, while Tottenham will have to look for other striking options.

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