Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport have claimed that Arkadiusz Milik has rejected a move to join AS Roma from Napoli this week despite a big-money contract offer – amid reports that Tottenham want to bring the Pole to the Premier League.
Milik, 26, has been in excellent form of late for Napoli, even scoring 14 goals for Gennaro Gattuso’s side last season – despite starting just 22 of his 35 appearances last term. He has entered the final 12 months of his contract at Napoli.
The Daily Express claimed last week that Tottenham are interested in signing Milik, having watched the 51-time Poland international. Indeed, it is believed Milik is keen on a move to England, and would be available for around £26million.
Now, the latest report from Gazzetta state that Roma and Napoli were looking to engineer a deal that would see Milik and Edin Dzeko basically swap clubs. But Milik has rejected the chance to sign for Roma on a £89,000-a-week contract.
TBR’s view – Tottenham have got to take advantage
Spurs have numerous options when it comes to buying cover for Harry Kane. They can sign a striker and spend big on a proper player that can provide competition, but the chances of that are unlikely in the current climate.
They can sign a veteran striker, or one that is happy to play second fiddle – slightly more likely, with Bas Dost being linked from Eintracht Frankfurt. But their best option is to go for a good striker such as Milik, who can offer cover elsewhere.
Milik, during his time at Ajax and Napoli, has shown he can play out wide or in the 10 role. If Spurs sign Milik, they are not just adding back-up for Kane but also giving themselves another option out wide or in attacking midfield.