Stoke City manager Mark Hughes wants to challenge for Europe next season and believes that adding Napoli striker Manolo Gabbiadini will allow him to achieve that. Gabbiadini fills the necessary criteria of the top-class striker Hughes wants to bring at the Britannia Stadium.
The English Premier League (EPL) club approached with an initial offer of $28 million, but the Serie A club has rejected the bid. However, Hughes is adamant and will reportedly return back with an increased offer to bring the striker at the club, as reported by gianlucadimarzio.com.
The striker played second-fiddle to first-team striker Gonzalo Higuain last season. Most of his appearances were from the bench. Gabbiadini made a total of 23 appearances for Napoli in the Serie A last season scoring 5 goals for the club. He has a shot accuracy of 45%, according to Squawka.com.
The Italian is reportedly frustrated at the lack of first-team opportunities at Napoli and wants to move to a club who can offer him that. His lack of regular football cost him a place at Antonio Conte’s Italy squad for Euro 2016, as reported by The Sun.
Stoke City has already released the likes of Peter Odemwingie and Steve Sidwell on free transfers. Hughes is likely to make some big transfer additions to the squad ahead of the new season. Manolo Gabbiadini forms a huge part of those plans and the EPL club will go all the way to capture the striker.
Meanwhile, their winger Marko Arnautovic is a reported target for Everton who are willing to shell out around $19 million for the player. The situation is very delicate since the Austrian has turned down a new contract offer from the club. However, he is willing to stay in England if he chooses to leave the Potters.
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