Stoke look set to raid Italy in January, as reports today have linked us with two Italians, Manolo Gabbiadini and Moris Sportelli.
The first of the two will be recognisable to most fans, as this is not the first time The Potters has looked at the striker. Gabbiadini is a wanted man across Europe, according to Sky Italia, as they report that both Stoke and West Ham are interested, as well as Schalke, Wolfsburg, Marseille and Lyon.
Despite only scoring one in the ten games for Napoli in the league this season, his manager Maurizio Sarri has stated that he’s only concerned on getting him back on the scoresheet. He said:
“The market does not interest me. For me the objective is to cure him Gabbiadini, although even now he is already doing much better than before. We’ll carry on as we are then if the club has other ideas we can act on them.”
With Bony now out of the side and seemingly off to China (if Manchester City can get their way) in January, a new striker is needed, but whether it will be Gabbiadini is unsure.
The second of the two players is 16-year-old central defender Moris Sportelli. Currently playing for AC Milan, the youngster has already been likened to Milan legend Alessandro Nesta.
Sportelli has represented Italy at U16 and U17 level already, and is apparently on the brink of breaking into the first team like his fellow academy players, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Manuel Locatelli, who have taken the opportunities given to them in the first team.
This would likely be a move to improve the youth sides currently, with ultimately the view to bring him into the first team. However, the way Milan seem to handle their youth players, he may be hoping for the jump to first team football sooner than we can offer, and with Chelsea also interested, we’d have to put in a good offer to tempt him from either side.