Newcastle were first linked with Krzysztof Piatek last November when he banging goals in for Genoa.
He had just joined the Serie A club that summer from Cracovia in Poland for £3.5m. However, at the time of Newcastle’s interest, the striker vowed that his goal was to join a club in the Champions League.
After scoring 19 goals in 21 games, Piatak made a £30m move to AC Milan last January. While not in the Champions League at the time, Milan certainly have a history in the competition and are one of Italy’s preeminent clubs.
The 24-year-old started brightly in Milan, scoring 11 goals in the second half of the season in all competitions. However, the Rossoneri narrowly missed out on a Champions League place by 1 point.
Krzysztof Piatek– celebrating a goal for Milan
This season it just hasn’t worked out for Piatek or his club. Milan are in 11th place in the Serie A table and the Polish striker has managed only 4 goals. Milan have only scored 16 goals in their 17 league games.
They have recently brought former Manchester United and PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic back to the club. The 38-year-old played for Milan on loan in the 2010-11 campaign.
The Sun are reporting that Newcastle are in talks to bring Piatek in on loan this month.
However, the 24-year-old has already turned down a loan move back to Genoa as well as to Crystal Palace. According to the Daily Mail , the player will only move to a club of similar stature to Milan but is determined to fight for his place.
That could rule out Newcastle if Piatek only views stature in terms of ambition and league position. The same report says that Diego Simeone is also plotting a move to bring the striker to Atletico Madrid where Piatek would likely jump at the chance to join.
We would love to see Piatek in the black and white stripes of Newcastle even if just on loan for the second half of the season. He’s had a tough time this year in Milan but was stellar in Italy throughout last season.
He’s also a full Polish International with 10 caps and 5 goals in limited opportunities behind striker Robert Lewandowski. We hope there’s something in this but have our doubts that the player would leave Milan for Newcastle at this juncture in his career.
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