So much for this deal being unlikely: according to reports originating on Sky Sport Italia's TV broadcast and followed up by other Italian news sources, Napoli have agreed to a transfer fee to acquire Manolo Gabbiadini.
Those reports claim that Napoli and Sampdoria agreed to terms on a deal with a base transfer fee of €11 million, with a further €2 million in fees possible via so far unspecified add-ons. While the Sky reports don't mention how this agreement deals with Juventus' co-ownership of Gabbiadini, Gianluca Di Marzio is reporting on his website that the €11 million fee covers both parties and that Napoli won't need to conduct further negotiations with Juve.
Di Marzio also reports that Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis and sporting director Riccardo Bigon (who is currently in London to watch Chelsea play Tottenham) will meet Gabbiadini's agent in Rome tomorrow to discuss potential contract terms for the forward at Napoli. Gabbiadini currently makes around €12,000 per week in wages; Napoli could easy treble that without any financial strain.
As always, as new information comes available, we'll keep you updated. Napoli are certainly moving quickly to replace Lorenzo Insigne, and if Gabbiadini is really their guy, he's a good answer to the problem at hand.