According to the Sun’s Alan Nixon, Newcastle’s move for Krzysztof Piatek is now in “huge doubt” because the AC Milan striker wants Champions League football.
Nixon reported that Steve Bruce was in talks over an ambitious deal to sign Polish international earlier this month following Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s arrival at the San Siro, but it looks like he may have to accept defeat in his pursuit of the 24-year-old.
The report claims Spurs pulled out of the race, giving us hope of signing the Serie A striker, but claims Piatek will now stay in Milan and fight for his place.
Here’s a snippet from his latest exclusive for the Sun:
KRZYSZTOF PIATEK’S switch to Newcastle from AC Milan now appears unlikely.
The Toon are the only club willing to buy the Polish striker, 24, outright after Spurs pulled out of the running for his signature.
However, Piatek would only consider a move to a club in Champions League contention.
He will stay in Milan to fight for a place rather than gamble on a Premier League club outside the elite.
Piatek’s agents have been to England to check out the market, but his £35million fee is making it hard.
Steve Bruce wants another frontman to fire his side to Premier League safety and ease the burden on flop Joelinton.
Newcastle could also make January moves for Hull’s Jarrod Bowen and Inter Milan winger Lazaro.
Even if Piatek was keen to sign, would we really have paid AC Milan’s alleged £35m asking price? I have my doubts!
A good striker who’d been scoring goals for fun in Italy before this season, but Bruce’s latest comments on the transfer front suggest we may have a few irons in the fire.
That said, the signing of a new striker and proven goal scorer has to be our key goal this month – and Piatek could’ve been exactly that.
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