Tottenham, Chelsea thwarted as Juventus close in on strike target

Date published: Sunday 24th May 2020 2:34

Talks between Juventus and Napoli over a deal for Tottenham-linked striker Arkadiusz Milik are “well underway” according to a report.

Milik continues to be linked with a move away from Naples as he enters the final year of his five-year contract which brought him to the Serie A from Ajax in 2016.

The Poland international, who has scored 12 goals this term, is reportedly a target for Spurs and Chelsea, who were said to be the latest side to have “asked for information” about the striker’s availability.

However, according to Todofichajes, Juventus have entered the fray and negotiations for the reigning Italian champions to sign Milik could be wrapped up before the transfer window re-opens.

The source says that Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis is keen to sell the attacker this summer rather than risk losing him for free upon the expiry of his contract at the end of June 2021.

Having lost Harry Kane to a hamstring injury on New Years’ Day, Tottenham were heavily linked with a move for a striker in the January transfer window.

The likes of Real Socidedad’s Willian Jose and Fenerbahce’s Vedat Muriqi were speculated to move to North London, but Spurs eventually ended the month without the acquisition of an outright goalscorer.

 

Chelsea, meanwhile, were also looking for support up top for Tammy Abraham, with Milik’s teammate Dries Mertens believed to be Frank Lampard’s top target for some time.

The speculation over Mertens came amid uncertainty over Olivier Giroud’s future at Stamford Bridge, although Giroud has since been handed a one-year extension and Mertens looks set to sign a new deal in Naples.

In other news, Chelsea are reportedly ready to submit an £80million bid for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz.

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