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Saturday, 21 May 2016

Napoli sticking on price

Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Stoke City and Bundesliga side Wolfsburg are all interested in the services of Manolo Gabbiadini.

Napoli are insisting on £19.26 million (€25m - US$28.05m) for the wide attacker which is more than anyone is willing to play at the moment. The Italian media are suggesting it is looking more and more likely that he will leave but I'm not so sure.

I think they are overplaying the money angle in the Premier League assuming all players just go where the money is. That isn't actually the case, a lot of players do yes, but nowhere near all of them. Napoli have Champions league football, West Ham, and Stoke City can't offer any European football so he isn't going to take a drop in grade of football to join them.

Similarly, Wolfsburg only finished 8th in the Bundesliga so there is no appeal to go there either, they tried to buy him in January and they make less appeal now. That just leaves us, although there will be others who have not been revealed yet.

We paid too much for Erik Lamela and we won't get stung by another Italian club after cash. Napoli wants to keep him so unless we can convince then to lower their fee to nearer our valuation of the player then we may be looking elsewhere.

This sort of scenario is how all transfers go, the fans approach of simply paying whatever anyone asks is no way to conduct a business, you soon be in serious financial trouble and have no money in future years to buy anyone. getting stuck with underperforming players because they have cost you too much is not a route we can afford to go down yet, or indeed should want to go down.


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