After Gennaro Gattuso confirmed Arkadiusz Milik ‘wants a change of scenery’, it’s time to check six clubs that could sign the Napoli frontman.
A summer exit for Arkadiusz Milik appears imminent after Napoli manager Gennaro Gattuso admitted the striker is keen for a change.
Speaking after Napoli’s 2-1 win over Genoa on Wednesday night, Gattuso told Sky Sport Italia: “It’s difficult to find someone better than Milik
“However, when a player believes his time at a club is over and he wants a change of scenery, you have to listen to him.
“You can’t try to keep someone against their will, or it’s difficult to get them to listen or have the right mentality. You have to respect the wishes of the player.”
It will bring an end to a productive four-year stint for Milik in Naples. The Pole has scored 47 goals in 116 appearances and recently won a first Coppa Italia title. As his contract expires next year, however, he has no intention of signing a renewal in favour of a fresh challenge.
So just who might sign Milik?
While Jose Mourinho has played down the prospect of too many big-money signings this summer, he allegedly remains keen on a back-up striker for Harry Kane. Considering the captain’s injury problems of late, it’s not a bad idea either.
There’s also the factor that Tottenham may need to consider a Kane replacement should he leave them one day.
So rumour has it that Spurs may offer Lucas Moura or Erik Lamela to Napoli in exchange for Milik. They hope this will sway club president Aurelio De Laurentiis, who wanted to sign Lucas last summer.
It’s no secret that Bianconeri boss Maurizio Sarri rates Milik, having signed him for Napoli in 2016.
The former Ajax star’s injury problems, however, caused him to miss an enormous chunk of games in his two seasons under Sarri. But it appears the chain-smoking Italian remains a keen admirer.
Sarri allegedly views Milik as an ideal choice to become his newest #9 at Juventus for next season. He may even include Federico Bernardeschi to sweeten the deal, which wouldn’t be bad for Napoli. Especially as clubs may be unwilling to match their €40m asking price.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette’s futures are both in doubt. Therefore, Arsenal may need to sign a centre-forward urgently. And Milik may be the best of very few proven options.
The former Bayer Leverkusen man probably isn’t the most ideal replacement for either Aubameyang or Lacazette, but he’s a proven goalscorer and may even serve as a decent back-up option.
Mikel Arteta’s side will need to secure European football for next season to convince Milik, though. If not, it’s unlikely the 26-year-old will want to join them at this stage of his career.
Perhaps a move to the red side of the Spanish capital isn’t such a far-fetched idea? After all, Atletico Madrid are perhaps the only club on this list that may offer Milik regular football at the highest level. So let’s not rule this one out.
Reports suggest that talks have already begun between Diego Simeone’s side and Milik’s representatives. On paper at least, the move could be a good one for both club and player.
Atletico have struggled badly in the goal department all season despite boasting the likes of Alvaro Morata, Diego Costa and Joao Felix. Thus, it’s clear they need to rejuvenate their front line. So why not take a chance on Milik?
Any move for the Poland international, however, will likely hinge on whether Atletico sign Edinson Cavani.
After two injury-laden campaigns, Milik rediscovered his best form following Carlo Ancelotti’s arrival in 2018. The Pole scored an impressive 28 goals in 56 games for Carletto.
So it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Ancelotti attempt to sign Milik for Everton this summer. It’s a long shot at best, especially with the lack of European football.
The Everton manager will also know how to extract Milik’s best form and may view him as a realistic option to join the likes of Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the attack for next season.
The 18-time Italian champions may need to sign a new striker should Zlatan Ibrahimovic leave.
The big Swede’s contract expires at the end of the season and he’s given no hint over his future plans, despite Milan having an option to extend his deal for another 12 months. This has allegedly prompted them to search for replacements.
And for a while Milik seemed like a strong bet for Milan until Napoli named their asking price.
So this one seems like an outside bet at the moment, but by no means impossible either.