Reported Arsenal target Arkadiusz Milik is set to be the subject of a £22million bid from Bundesliga outfit Schalke, according to Tuttomercatoweb.
The Gunners, along with Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur, were linked with the Napoli striker in March.
Calcio Napoli 24 reported that the North Londoners were both tracking the Poland international, whose price tag was said to be €45million (around £40million).
Milik, who has scored 12 goals in 22 games in all competitions for Napoli this season, was also said to be on the radar of Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Valencia.
However, given the uncertain financial climate at present in wake of the football shutdown, Napoli’s resolve might be tested with a bid significantly lower than previously reported.
According to TMW, Schalke are set to make a €25million (£22million) bid for the 26-year-old, whose price tag is said to have dropped to €35million (around £30.5million).
Milik is a high-calibre forward, who boasts numerous qualities including pace, strength, agility, great movement on and off the ball, a powerful shot and an equally strong header.
With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future in doubt, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta could potentially be on the lookout for a new striker, and Milik would certainly be a great addition to Arsenal’s front line.
However, Arsenal should be monitoring proceedings with regards to Schalke’s reported bid in what could pan out to be a recalibrated transfer market in wake of the current situation.
If Napoli do accept this bid, it could send a message about how the transfer market has experienced a crunch, and could possibly set off a chain reaction of clubs offering less for players.