On Monday, a report emerged that Newcastle were one of several clubs interested in Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik. Newcastle’s interested in the Polish goalscorer goes back to 2015 when he was on loan at Ajax.
The Dutch giants ended up triggering their purchase option on Milik before shipping him to Napoli for around £27m in 2016. He’s been quite prolific in Italy over the past four years when he’s been able to stay fit.
The 26-year-old is embroiled in a contract tussle with Napoli at the moment. With his contract due to expire next summer, Napoli will likely have to offload Milik this summer if an agreement to extend his deal cannot be sorted.
Football Italia has published some comments Napoli Sporting Director Cristiano Giuntoli made to Sky Sport Italia about Milik.
Giuntoli confirmed his commitment to resolving the contract stalemate one way or another. This is what he had to say:
“The desire is to renegotiate his contract, so we are talking with his agents.
“The objective is to resolve the situation, one way or another. If he doesn’t want to remain, then he will go on to the transfer market.
“Players can remain as long as they do so with the right mentality. Napoli will go forward, with or without Milik.”
Injury history aside, Milik seems like a realistic target for Newcastle. He’s in the prime of his career, only turning 26 in February. His strike rate since joining Ajax on loan is a remarkable 93 goals in 184 appearances.
Milik has managed to keep himself fit for the most part over the past two seasons after a torrid time in his first two seasons at Napoli. He missed chunks of both campaigns with major knee injuries.
While he’s had a few minor niggles this term, he has found the back of the net 12 times in his 22 appearances. Last season, he scored 20 goals in 47 total appearances.
Juventus, Arsenal, and Tottenham are reportedly very keen on Milik. With just one year left on his contract, Napoli may have to part ways with their star striker.
The report on Monday put their valuation of him at £45m, but they may be forced to sell to the highest bidder if they can’t extend him beyond next season.