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Atlético de Madrid are preparing to fight Tottenham Hotspur and Everton over the signing of Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik (AS).
Milik arrived in Napoli in the summer 2016 transfer window from Ajax. Injuries and form of Belgian forward Dries Mertens have seriously limited his playing time at Gli Azzurri. Despite this, he has an impressive goal-scoring record, scoring 28 of 46 Serie A starts in the past two seasons.
However, the Polish international has fallen out of favor with manager Gennaro Gattuso and was left out of the Napoli squad for the 2020/21 season after refusing to move to Roma and Fiorentina.
Milik is out of contract next summer, leaving him free to speak with other clubs in January. And, according to Spanish outlet ASAtlético de Madrid is one of the three clubs seeking to sign the forward.
The 26-year-old was reportedly on Atlético de Madrid’s radar in the previous transfer window, but Diego Simeone prioritized signing Luis Suárez. However, Diego Costa’s constant injury problems have been a concern for Simeone, and he now believes he needs another striker on his roster.
Plus, Suarez and Costa are over thirty years old now, leaving only Joao Felix as a long-term prospect up front. Apparently Simeone does not see Serbian striker Ivan Saponjic as a viable option.
If Los Rojiblancos made a move for Milik, then they could face some Premier League competition.
Tottenham Hotspur is also said to be following Milik as they continue to search for a backup option for Harry Kane. Brazilian striker Carlos Vinicius arrived from Benfica, but was only on loan. The former Bayer Leverkusen player has been linked to Spurs in the past.
Meanwhile, Everton has also been named as potential buyers of the Polish forward. Manager Carlo Ancelotti currently only has Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison and the underdog Cenk Tosun available for his front line. The addition of another striker could be helpful.
However, it is uncertain whether Milik would get playing time over Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison.