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Reports: Gabbiadini leaves Southampton for Sampdoria

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Manolo Gabbiadini‘s Southampton tenure came in like a lion and went out like a lamb.

The Italian striker scored six goals in his first four matches with the club after signing from Napoli in the winter of 2017, but has scored just six goals since, and it seems a transfer back to Italy is all but complete.

Multiple reports in England, including The Guardian and Sky Sports, have written that Gabbiadini is on his way to Sampdoria who will pay $15 million for the 27-year-old. Officially, Gabbiadini will finish out the season on loan before the move is made permanent in the summer. He originally cost Southampton nearly $20 million, so his two-year stay at St. Mary’s was not profitable for the club. His Southampton contract was set to expire in the summer of 2021.

Gabbiadini’s departure was heavily rumored for months, and it seems his fate was sealed by new Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, who brought the Italian off the bench in his first match in charge, and since has not included him in any Saints matchday squad. Gabbiadini recorded just a single Premier League goal this season in nearly 500 league minutes.

His new destination is a familiar one, as Gabbiadini played for Sampdoria from 2013-2015 before moving to Napoli. He scored 15 Serie A goals in 47 league appearances for Sampdoria in his previous spell, plus four more goals in three Coppa Italia showings.

Former Italy international Antonio Cassano retires

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GENOA, Italy (AP) Former Italy international Antonio Cassano has announced his retirement after training for less than a week with Virtus Entella.

Cassano says in a statement: “The day has come where you decide that it’s really over. I have other priorities now.”

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Entella, based near Cassano’s current home in Genoa, announced a week ago that Cassano would begin training with the club “without any contractual obligation.”

The 36-year-old Cassano last played for Sampdoria in May 2016. He signed with Hellas Verona before last season but left the club after two weeks, saying he missed his family.

Cassano scored 10 goals in 39 appearances for Italy. He was known almost as much for his passing wizardry and scoring abilities as for his temperamental behavior.

Cassano also played for Bari, his hometown club, and Roma, Real Madrid, Sampdoria, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Parma.

Entella is still waiting to learn which division it will play in this season. The club maintains it should be re-admitted to Serie B after Cesena was relegated because of false accounting.

Entella has played only one match in Serie C while awaiting the outcome of the legal fight.

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VIDEO: Sampdoria’s Quagliarella scores incredible goal

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Has the global goal of the season already been scored? Quite possibly.

Sampdoria’s Fabio Quagliarella stunned his former club Napoli on Sunday, with the veteran Italian striker flicking home a cross with his back heel brilliantly as his side won 3-0 to grab their first Serie A win of the new season.

He has scored 179 goals in 555 career games, but surely none were better than this. Even though Quagliarella didn’t celebrate the goal (he was born and raised close to Naples), the rest of the soccer world were in shock.

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Quagliarella, 35, won three-straight Serie A titles with Juventus from 2012-14 and he could be picking up FIFA’s Puskas Award next year for the best goal on the planet.

Check out the video below to see the piece of amazing individual skill.


Transfer rumor roundup: Schurrle to Fulham, Mignolet for $15m

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Fulham is bringing a familiar name back to London, according to reports.

Andre Schurrle turns 28 this season, and has traveled a bit since leaving Chelsea in 2015.

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Most recently, Schurrle scored eight times in 51 matches for Borussia Dortmund, and netted 12 times in a season and a half at Wolfsburg.

Sky Sports says Schurrle has left Dortmund’s American tour to undergo a medical at Fulham.

West Ham may be selling Pedro Obiang with an eye toward a Premier League replacement.

Obiang, 26, has made 67 league appearances in three seasons with the Hammers, but is wanted by Serie A side Sampdoria.

If he skips town, West Ham would like to replace him with Mario Lemina.

The Southampton midfielder has disappointed since heading to St. Mary’s from Juventus. Lemina scored a goal and added an assist in 25 matches with Saints last season.

— Fulham took Besiktas’ goalkeeper, and now the Black Eagles are looking to the Premier League for a replacement.

The Cottagers signed Fabri, and Besiktas is ready to spend $15m to give Simon Mignolet a path away from Anfield.

Report: Wilshere to leave Arsenal with many suitors

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Jack Wilshere will not sign a new contract at Arsenal, according to the multiple reports, but will he leave London?

Crystal Palace and West Ham United are among the sides being linked with the midfielder, who apparently would not be a big part of Unai Emery’s plans, and Everton, Wolves, Sampdoria, and Juventus are also being mentioned as options for the 26-year-old.

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Wilshere has struggled with injuries during his career but has often been magnificent when healthy.

The 34-times capped Englishman has made 67 appearances between Bournemouth and Arsenal over the past two seasons, his most in consecutive campaigns.