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Tottenham deal in jeopardy, as Napoli inform Everton of striker exit plan
Everton have joined Tottenham in the race to sign Napoli’s Poland international striker Arkadiusz Milik, according to a report.
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to bring in a new centre-forward. While he has several wide players at his disposal, Harry Kane is his only out-and-out striker.
As such, Tottenham have conducted a Europe-wide hunt for a new recruit. Initial reports claimed Eintracht Frankfurt’s Bas Dost was a target, but links to Milik have stepped up in recent days.
Indeed, speculation claims Mourinho and Levy are to attend a “summit” after making progress to sign the Napoli star. Milik is an intriguing option as he runs down the final months of his contract.
According to reporter Gianluca di Marzio, however, Everton have now entered the running for his signature.
The journalist claims on his website that the Toffees have “advanced” their interest by “timidly testing the ground” on a deal.
What’s more, Napoli have informed clubs keen on Milik of their plan of offloading the attacker. The Serie A side are willing to renew Milik’s terms before sending him out on loan.
That would allow him to find a fresh challenge and discover his top form, while also offering Napoli the chance to utilise that form next season.
Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti knows Milik well from his time as Napoli boss. Indeed, Ancelotti has already raided his former club for midfielder Allan.
Milik scored 14 goals in 35 games in all competitions last season, his fourth campaign since signing from Ajax.
Amid Spurs’ hunt for a new striker, Kane and Son Heung-min continued their fine goalscoring partnership on Thursday.
Son teed up Kane for Tottenham’s third as they reached the Europa League play-offs. Son also scored against Shkendija to make it five goals in two games, after his quartet against Southampton.
Kane, meanwhile, provided four assists for Son on Sunday, and Mourinho insisted he was pleased to see his side progress in Europe.
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