Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed that the reported offer tabled by Aston Villa to sign AC Milan striker and Poland international Krzysztof Piatek is worth a whopping £25.5million.
Aston Villa are after a striker after summer signing Wesley was struck with a long-term knee injury, in the same game that goalkeeper Tom Heaton also suffered a similar issue. The 2-1 win over Burnley came at an enormous cost.
Dean Smith does have Jonathan Kodjia in reserve, but it is clear Villa want a new striker. Chelsea duo Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi have been linked, as has Gregoire Defrel, Daniel Sturridge and even Emmanuel Adebayor.
But it seems Piatek is their top target. Earlier this week, Italian outlet Corriere Della Sera claimed Villa and West Ham had made offers for the striker – who scored 30 goals in 2018-19 after spells with both Genoa and then Milan.
Now, Di Marzio has gone into more detail. He claims Villa have met with Milan chiefs, and an offer tabled by the Midlands club is worth £25.5million. It would make Piatek the second most-expensive signing in the club’s history.
TBR’s view – Piatek at his best is worth far more than £25.5m
Indeed, everything Piatek touched during 2018-19 seemed to turn into goals. During the first half of the season, he netted a whopping 19 goals in 21 games for Genoa before earning a January move to Milan – where he then scored 11 in 21.
This season, though, with Milan struggling – Piatek has scored just four in 18. The service has not been anywhere near as good, while the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic is likely to push Piatek down the pecking order.
When the Pole is at the top of his game – something which he is still capable of achieving given he is only 24 – he is worth far more than the figure Villa are supposedly paying for him.