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Reading tried to sign £40m-rated Arkadiusz Milik back in 2011

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Reading tried to sign £40m-rated Arkadiusz Milik back in 2011

Reading missed out on a deal for the Polish striker when he was just 16-years-old.

Reading have produced plenty of top talent in recent times. Gylfi Sigurdsson, Alex McCarthy and Michael Hector for example. In the current team, the likes of Andy Rinomhota, Danny Loader and Jordan Obita all came through the academy.

But, as with any club, Reading also have some famed players who have slipped through the cracks. 

Charlie Austin, Conor Wickham, and Shandon Baptiste are all prime examples. 

But Reading also missed out on the chance to sign a Serie A goal-machine who could be on his way to the Premier League this summer. 

Arkadiusz Milik has scored 12 goals in 22 games for Napoli this season. But the 25-year-old looks set to leave the Partenopei this summer. 

As reported by CalcioNapoli24, both Tottenham and Arsenal are keen on the player who, according to the Express, is valued at £40 million.

But the Berkshire club nearly got Milik for just £100,000 when he was 16-years-old. 

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As reported by Naszemiasto in 2011, Milik went to Reading on trial from his youth club Rozwoju Katowice with a team-mate, Wojciech Krol. 

 

He impressed so much in a trial game against Tottenham that Spurs also had a look at him. They decided they had a better 16-year-old striker in their ranks, namely Harry Kane. But Reading remained keen. 

As reported by The Mirror, Reading offered Milik a chance to join the club’s academy set-up, with a fee of £100k seemingly the cost of a deal. 

However, he turned them down in order to remain in Poland and play first-team football at Rozwoju. 

He went on to join Górnik Zabrze in 2011. Spells at Bayer Leverkusen, FC Augsburg, and Ajax followed before joining Napoli in 2016. 

Now a £40 million-rated 14-goal Polish international, Milik is considered the heir to Robert Lewandowski’s throne in the Polish national team. 

Reading, meanwhile, can only wonder about what might have been. 

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