Ever since rumors started to fly that Juventus are in the market for a new No. 9 to pair with Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and the like, Arkadiusz Milik has been one of the first names that always gets mentioned. He’s worked with Juventus’ current manager, he is on a team that could very well do some retooling after a disappointing season and he’s already in Italy, which means there’s no learning of a new league.
And, judging by what we heard on Tuesday, there’s obviously some mutual interest.
According to Sky Sport Italia transfer oracle Gianluca Di Marzio, Juventus and Milik have agreed to the framework of a contract if the current Napoli striker were to signing with the nine-time defending Serie A champions later this summer. There are, up to this point, no real details of how the personal terms between Juventus and Milik break down over the course of his time with the Bianconeri if Fabio Paratici were to secure the Pole’s signature.
But, of course, there’s obviously one very important sticking point: Juventus coming to terms on a deal with Napoli and our old buddy Aurelio De Laurentiis.
The details of the negotiations between Juventus and Napoli, according to Di Marzio, are as follows:
Arkadiusz Milik is Juventus’ first priority for their attack. A preliminary agreement has been reached with the player, but a deal with Napoli is still missing. Therefore, work still needs to be done to complete the potential transfer. The Azzurri have expressed interest in Federico Bernardeschi as part of the deal, but no negotiations have taken place yet. Napoli would have to negotiate the player’s image rights. They are waiting to see who will be Bernardeschi’s new agent. Other possible names of interest are Luca Pellegrini and Cristian Romero.
Knowing what the current vibe surrounding Juve’s potential transfer activity this next summer window, it is no surprise to see the likes of Bernardeschi, Pellegrini and Romero thrown around as assets to help lower the price. Juventus has swap deal assets, it’s just a matter of trying to find something that Napoli would actually find attractive enough to seriously engage in negotiations.
But, the fact is, if Juventus have zeroed in on Milik as the player that they want — or, in this case, Sarri feels the most comfortable with and the one he feels like will be the one to play the kind of football he wants — then this is far from the final days of hearing about him as a potential addition for next season.
And maybe in this kind of economy where the transfer activity Juventus wants to try and get done will be limited by just how much of transfer fees can be brought down by including players in swap deals, signing a player like Milik — regardless of his previous work with Sarri — is what the front office feels like is the only way to go to potentially upgrade the squad.
Either way, with the fact that Juventus and Milik have reportedly agreed to the framework of personal terms, we’re bound to hear about negotiations with Napoli sooner rather than later.