Gabbiadini’s high-profile inability to fit into Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri’s free-flowing 4-3-3 formation appeared to put pay to his chances of making a success of his time in Southern Italy but a recent resurgence, capped by three goals in his last three games, encouraged reports that the Serie A challengers could raise his asking price.
And Corriere Dello Sport reports that, despite relentless speculation, Southampton are the only club to have made a formal offer so far though their £13 million bid falls well below Napoli’s ambitious £20 million valuation.
The Saints are understandably wary. After all, they received little on their investment after shattering their transfer record for Gaston Ramirez and Dani Osvaldo in recent seasons while the most expensive signing in the club’s history, Sofiane Boufal, has only displayed the odd flash of brilliance so far.
Nonetheless, only three Premier League sides have scored fewer than Southampton’s 22 goals this season, with Nathan Redmond, Shane Long and Jay Rodriguez contributing just eight between them while top scorer Charlie Austin is still on the sidelines.
However, Gabbiadini is far from a prolific goalscorer having averaged just six goals in over six-and-a-half seasons in the Italian top flight. Therefore, even their ongoing goal shortage would not justify a huge £20 million for the 25-year-old.