Napoli director Cristiano Giuntoli has confirmed that rumoured Tottenham Hotspur target Arkadiusz Milik wants to leave the club next month.
Milik was the striker who was reported to be on the top of Tottenham’s wishlist during the previous transfer window with the club to relieve the burden on Harry Kane’s shoulders (Football.London).
Spurs eventually ended up signing Carlos Vinicius on a season-long loan deal from Benfica with Milik ending up remaining in Naples and the Polish international has been completely frozen out of the first-team picture by Gennaro Gattuso this campaign.
Although Vinicius has made a decent start to his Tottenham career, the Lilywhites have been backed by the Italian press to return with another offer for Milik during the January transfer window (Tuttomercatoweb).
However, this has been refuted by Fabrizio Romano, who claimed in a recent episode of the Here We Go Podcast that he does not believe the 26-year-old is still on the North Londoners’ radar.
Giuntoli has now admitted that Napoli could end up selling Milik next month, with the striker being sought after by many clubs around Europe and the January window representing the last opportunity for the club to receive a transfer fee with his deal set to expire in the summer.
“Milik wants to go and play so he can be ready for the Euros. That is what he wants. I don’t think we will sign anyone, as the squad is complete, so we’ll only sell a couple. Milik and Llorente? It could be.”
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It is difficult to imagine the club activating Carlos Vinicius’ bumper release clause unless he has a stellar second half of the season. The fact that he is hardly been used in the Premier League so far suggests that Mourinho has not been overly impressed with what he has seen of the Brazilian in training. So, the chance to sign a striker of Milik’s quality for a cut-price deal is one I think the club might be tempted to take, considering Vinicius is likely to leave at the end of the season.
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