Chelsea have been told they can sign a Serie A sensation on two conditions, while Man City could lose one £140m star, but sign another for £80m, according to Wednesday’s newspapers.
CHELSEA LEAD PIATEK CHARGE
Chelsea have been told they can win the race to sign Krzysztof Piatek – but there appears to be a couple of catches.
The Genoa striker has been in sensational form in Serie A this season, scoring 13 goals in eight games across all competitions.
That has led to speculation suggesting Roma and Liverpool were keen to sign him – while on Tuesday Napoli claimed they had opened talks over a €40m deal.
But reports in Italy, via the Daily Express, claim Genoa could now demand up to €65m (£57m) for the striker – a fee only Chelsea are willing to match.
Furthermore, Genoa have told interested parties there is no chance of doing a deal for the striker in January and any sale of Piatek must be put on hold until summer 2019.
With Olivier Giroud yet to score a goal and Alvaro Morata’s confidence vulnerable, Maurizio Sarri is thought to have earmarked the 23-year-old as a prime target for the Blues.
Piatek only joined Genoa in €4million deal over the summer after he netted 21 goals for Cracovia in the Ekstraklasa.
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