Since the news that Mike Ashley had reached an agreement to sell Newcastle United to a wealthy Saudi-backed consortium, the links to world-class players have been endless.
One club’s players who seem to come up quite often is Serie A’s Napoli. Thus far, we’ve been linked with Kalidou Koulibaly, Allan, Dries Mertens, and Hirving Lozano from the Italian club.
According to Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport, you can add striker Arkadiusz Milik to that list.
Inside Futbol have a report citing claims from the Italian outlet that Newcastle are one of several clubs interested in the Polish international.
Arkadiusz Milik– Polish international on Newcastle’s radar
The 26-year-old is entering the final year of his contract with Napoli but has failed to agree on terms for an extension. However, Napoli still reportedly will not let Milik leave for anything less than there £45m valuation of him.
Both Juventus and Arsenal have recently been linked with the Pole. According to the report from Italy, Atletico Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen are also keen.
Milik spent two seasons at Leverkusen from 2013 to 2015 before moving to Dutch giants Ajax. It was from Ajax that Milik made the jump to Napoli in 2016 for around £27m.
Milik’s scoring record in Italy is very impressive. He’s scored 46 in just 109 appearances over the past four years.
There lies one of the problems with the striker – his poor injury record. He’s had two serious knee injuries as well as a myriad of other niggles throughout his career.
The 26-year-old, however, strikes us as a realistic target if Newcastle are finally sold. However, there’s no way he’s going to go for £45m with just one year remaining on his contract.
Also, with both Arsenal and Juventus very keen on his service, it might be hard to tempt the Pole to Tyneside.
Though he could be one to keep an eye on, once we get our new ownership group on board.