Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has supposedly allowed the club to put Manolo Gabbiadini up for sale.
The Italian’s fortunes haven’t changed since the Austrian took over from Mark Hughes in early December, and he’s continued to be overlooked for selection.
He is currently behind Charlie Austin, Danny Ings and Shane Long in the pecking order.
His struggles at St. Mary’s are somewhat surprising given the way he started at the club following his transfer from Napoli in January 2017.
Gabbiadini scored six goals in his first five games for the Saints and showcased exceptional finishing ability inside the box.
Southampton are now apparently looking to sell, with AC Milan, Fiorentina and Bologna all interested according to Sky Sports – but could the striker end up flourishing just like another old player of theirs?
Gabbiadini could ‘do a Tadic’
Last summer Southampton cashed in on playmaker Dusan Tadic for just £10 million (BBC Sport), and it’s looking like one of the club’s worst deals in their recent history.
Tadic is having a brilliant season for Ajax over in the Eredivise, having scored 16 goals and made seven assists in all competitions.
Tadic was one of Southampton’s most underappreciated players, and his sale looks to have been the wrong decision now.
The same could very well happen with Gabbiadini. He’s playing much less than Tadic did, but he’s arguably still a brilliant technical player who has been unlucky not the get more game time ahead of the underperforming Long and Austin.
Hasenhuttl appears to be OK with letting him leave, but there’s a good chance the club could regret the sale later down the line.