The expected has become a reality. Manolo Gabbiadini, co-owned by both Sampdoria and Juventus, is no longer a player who has his contract owned by two clubs — and it's not because co-ownership is coming to an end after the season.
Gabbiadini, long rumored to be on the move once the January transfer window, has indeed wrapped up his much-talked about transfer to Juve's Serie A rivals Napoli. The move, which has been expected to go down for what seems like weeks, means that Gabbiadini — who was bought on co-ownership from Atalanta in 2012 — won't be playing for Juventus in the near future.
Or, at all, in all likelihood. Speak now or forever hold your peace.
La #SSCNapoli ufficializza l'acquisto a titolo definitivo di Ivan #Strinic e @Mgabbia11 pic.twitter.com/1AjMEAm8bB— Official SSC Napoli (@sscnapoli) January 5, 2015
The transfer fee is believed to be around €13 million in total. The official details, courtesy of Juventus' official website:
Juventus Football Club S.p.A. announced that it has finalised an agreement with S.S.C. Napoli S.p.A. for the disposal of its portion of the sharing agreement (pursuant to art. 102 bis N.O.I.F.) concerning the registration rights of the player Manolo Gabbiadini for a consideration of € 6.25 million to be paid in four years.
The economic effect is positive for about € 2 million, including the capital gain of € 0.5 million generated by the disposal of the first part of the registration rights of the player, temporarily suspended waiting the sharing agreement to be defined.
Simple, right? Sell your share, other club sells their share. Bada-bing, bada-boom.
Just consider this a lot like the Ciro Immobile sale this past summer — a player deemed surplus requirements and is therefore sold for a price that some think is fair while others aren't so sure about.
Gabbiadini is currently having the best season of his career this year, scoring seven goals in 14 Serie A games (11 starts.) He has also dished out a pair of assists, but he's moved within one goal of last season's total (eight) and there's still over half of the current campaign to be played.
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