When Newcastle were first reported to have interest in Krzysztof Piatek last season, the striker made it very clear of his ambitions.
At the time, he had just joined Genoa and was lighting up Serie A with an average of a goal a game. As outside interest in him continued to rise, Piatek made the following comments about leaving Genoa:
“If I continue this way, I could sign for a big club. My objective is to play in the Champions League.”
“I don’t come near him now, but I think one day I can reach the level of Robert Lewandowski.
“Genoa are a big club, but not among the strongest teams in Italy right now.
“It’s far easier to score goals at Real Madrid or Juventus.”
Piatek got his move last January, joining AC Milan for £35m. The determined 24-year-old has not lessened his ambitions even while struggling for goals this season.
The Polish international scored just his 5th of the season in last Wednesday’s Coppa Italia win over SPAL.
The Sun is reporting that Piatek will only leave Milan for a club in the Champions League.
His agents have reportedly also been to England, but the player has vowed to stay at Milan rather than move to a Premier League club with no chance at Champions League football next season.
With a price tag over £30m, it’s unlikely that Newcastle were serious contenders for the Polish International this month. At least on a permanent move.
Steve Bruce may also have accepted that an out and out striker may not be on the cards this month. Instead turning his attentions to Inter Milan right wing-back/winger Valentino Lazaro and Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen.
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