If comments coming out of Italy today are true, Newcastle had a bid rejected for Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik two months ago – not that it seems all that likely when you delve deeper.
According to football agent and transfer intermediary Vincenzo Morabito, we made a ‘€25m offer’ (£22m) for the Polish striker back in September.
Before taking a look at why this just doesn’t really add up, here’s what Morabito has told AreaNapoli today:
“Napoli has two problems with exits.
“The main one is Milik.
“They will try to earn a little something (in January).
“In September there was a €25m offer from Newcastle, rejected.”
For starters, we had already spent £20m to sign Callum Wilson by September. Yes we were said to be in the market for another striker, but it was well documented that it was going to be another loan at best if we did – not a £22m striker who’d been struggling badly in Italy.
Even if we were interested, it’s now being reported that he could leave Napoli for a cut-price fee around the £10m mark after failing to play a single minute of football across 2020/21, making suggestions that the Serie A giants ‘rejected’ a £22m bid two months ago seem a little silly.
He did score 34 goals in his last two seasons in Italy before being axed and is still only 26, but I’d be surprised if there’s much truth in claims of our summer bid.
Whether we’d take a look in January IF he really is available on the cheap is another matter, however.