Report: Everton revive striker talks, told £30m will seal the deal
By Dominic Toner
Everton have returned for striker Manolo Gabbiadini after losing out on Lucas Perez, according to a report.
The Mail report that as a result Everton have revived their interest in Gabbiadini but Napoli are holding out for £30million for the 24-year-old.
Italian publication Napoli Magazine claim that Gabbiadini’s agent has flown to Merseyside to hold talks with the club.
Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed on his website that talks between the clubs have been revived after a potential stumbling block was overcome.
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Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport had reported that Napoli had offered £8.5million plus Gabbiadini for Fiorentina forward Nikola Kalinic, in what appeared a terminal blow to Everton’s hopes of landing the Italy international.
But transfer expert Di Marzio has now stated that Napoli “really want” Kalinic and could sign him in a straight cash deal.
Everton are keen to bring in a forward, as Ronald Koeman looks to give main man Romelu Lukaku some competition.
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.
If Koeman decides to match the £30million price tag the striker will become their most expensive signing of the summer, overtaking the £25million they paid to Crystal Palace for Yannick Bolasie.
In other Everton transfer news, there has been a twist in the club’s chase for a Premier League defender.