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Transfer News: Man United battle PL rivals for the signing of prolific Serie A star

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Manchester United and Tottenham battle for Arkadiusz Milik

According to a report from Tuttomercatoweb (h/t Mirror), Manchester United and Tottenham will go head to head in the race to sign Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik this summer.

Milik joined Napoli from Dutch side Ajax in 2016 and has been a solid performer for the Serie A side since. Till date, the 26-year-old has made 112 appearances for the Partenopei, bagging 47 goals and 5 assists.

The ongoing campaign has seen the Poland striker score 13 goals in 25 matches across all competitions.

Milik’s future at Napoli has been shrouded with uncertainty as his contract expires in a year. The striker himself has fueled speculations of an exit with the comments he has made previously. (h/t Mirror)

Arkadiusz Milik is entering the final year of his contract
Arkadiusz Milik is entering the final year of his contract

And as per the report, Manchester United are eyeing a move for the Poland international. But we face serious competition from PL rivals Tottenham, who are also interested in Milik.

The report claims that the club remain keen on securing a long-term replacement for Romelu Lukaku, who was sold last summer to Inter Milan.

As things stand, we have four strikers in the squad, in the form of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Odion Ighalo. The latter was signed on loan till January next year.

While the centre-forward department looks top-notch, Rashford has mainly been used on the left by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, while Ighalo represents a short-term solution.

Odion Ighalo joined Manchester United on loan
Odion Ighalo joined Manchester United on loan

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So, bringing in a new striker wouldn’t be the worst idea. As long as it doesn’t hamper the development of Greenwood. Milik, given, his contract situation, would be a viable option.

However, this should not be a top priority for the club at the moment. Securing a new right-sided winger should be at the top of Ole’s to-do list in the transfer market. A new striker can wait until next year.