By Tom Blackburn
Everton target Manolo Gabbiadini would rather join Fiorentina, according to a report.
Journalist Rai Ciro Venerable claimed on Radio CRC, via NapoliSoccer.net, that Napoli and Fiorentina will meet on Monday to discuss a deal, which could involve Nikola Kalinic, with Gabbiadini hoping a swap deal can keep him in Italy.
“Gabbiadini? Everton have offered £19.5million but Napoli want £21.5million,” said Venerable.
“The footballer has hinted that he would prefer to go to Fiorentina despite losing money. The club made an offer to Fiorentina and Gabbiadini is considering.
“On Monday, Napoli and Fiorentina will discuss the Kalinic-Gabbiadini exchange.”
Sport Italia television expert Ifredo Pedulla claimed on his website that Everton tabled a £19.2million bid for Napoli striker Manolo Gabbiadini during crunch talks on Friday.
Gabbiadini’s agent Silvio Pagliari was said to be in England to try and thrash out an agreement after Everton revived their pursuit of the 24-year-old.
Everton have revived their interest in Gabbiadini after Arsenal beat them to the signing of Deportivo La Coruna striker Lucas Perez.
The Serie A club want to secure a replacement before offloading Gabbiadini, however, with Fiorentina forward Kalinic their leading target.
Gabbiadini, 24, has scored 20 goals in 61 appearances for Napoli since his move in January 2015, including four goals in just six Europa League matches last season.
The striker, who graduated through Atlanta’s youth academy, has also scored one goal in his six appearances for the Italy national team, which came against Romania in 2015.
The Italian striker has three years left on his current contract at the Serie A side.
In other Everton transfer news, their target wants move to the Premier League and other clubs are interested.