Stoke have had a bid for Manolo Gabbiadini rejected by Napoli
Stoke City have seen a potentially record breaking bid for Napoli forward Manolo Gabbiadini turned down, according to the Sky Sports Italia.
The bid for the Italian, who can play out wide and through the middle, is thought to be just below the £20 million mark, with the Mirror reporting it to be £19.6 million, whilst the Stoke Sentinel and Sky Sports Italia suggest the fee is closer to £19.2 million (€25 million).
Either way, Stoke's bid would smash their own record transfer fee for the second time this calendar year, having bought former FC Porto midfielder Gianelli Imbula for £18.3 million in January.
Gianelli Imbula is Stoke's current record transfer
Mark Hughes' side pocketed a cool £80 million last season courtesy of their 9th place finish.
And it is evident that Stoke are willing to reinvest their extra cash in their playing staff, with Gabbiadini the latest big money target for the West Midlands club.
Manolo Gabbiadini has spent much of his time at Napoli on the bench
But it appears they have reached a significant impasse with regards to signing the Italian, as despite previous indications that Napoli would be willing to sell the former Sampdoria player for €25 million euros as per Sky Sports Italia, the Partnopei have turned down Stoke's asking price equivalent approach.
Gabbiadini has been monitored by a number of clubs, including West Ham United, but according to Sky Sports Italia they will also have any approach similarly turned down.
Gonzalo Higuain has been Napoli's star man over the past season, netting a record breaking 36 goals in Serie A, forcing Gabbiadini to spend much of the campaign on the bench.
The Italian made just 23 appearances last season, and of the 42 Serie A appearances he has made for the Partnopei since joining the club in January 2015, a staggering 31 have been from the bench. He made only 3 starts last season in Serie A.
The Italian has however still managed to chip in with six goals last season.