Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik has agreed a £7 million move to Marseille a week after West Ham United saw a bid rejected for the gifted striker, as reported by RMC Sport.
While David Moyes will be disappointed to miss out on a centre-forward with plenty of pedigree, Milik’s impending switch to Southern France will spark celebrations in his native Poland.
With the European Championships just a few months away, the Polish national team were desperate to see their 56-capped striker break out of his Stadio San Paolo prison and get some much-needed game-time under his belt.
Milik has not made a single appearance for Gennaro Gattuso in 2020/21, left out of Napoli’s Serie A plans after refusing to extend a contract which is due to expire this summer.
West Ham failed with an opening offer of £6.3 million a few days ago and were preparing another for a penalty-box poacher capable of taking Sebastien Haller’s place at the London Stadium (Onet).
According to reports across the Channel, however, West Ham have been pipped to the post by Marseille.
L’OM will allegedly sign Milik on an initial 18-month loan deal, which could become permanent for an initial £7 million.
The former Ajax striker has agreed to the move and will fly to France within the next 48 hours before putting pen to paper with Andre Villas-Boas’s side, who have been scouring the market for a reliable striker capable of putting away the chances created by Florian Thauvin and Dimitri Payet.
If you were wondering why on earth Napoli would loan out a player who will become a free agent in July, this should explain it; Milik will extend his contract before heading to France, giving Marseille the chance to try before they buy.
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