Milik transfer saga: Pole could be destined for Marseille

Olympique de Marseille is another club who has shown an interest in contracting Arkadiusz Milik from SSC Napoli, who has been trying to leave the Italian side for several months. According to the Corriere dello Sport daily, the French team’s bid amounts to EUR 10 mln with bonuses.

Marseille have been struggling to score goals this season in Ligue 1 and are looking for a prolific striker. The team, coached by the Portuguese Andre Villas-Boas, netted 22 times in 15 matches, and their top-scorer (six goals) is Florian Thauvin, a winger.

Although there is limited time to secure a deal, it is possible that the Polish striker will leave Naples in January. In the summer, he will be a free agent, so the lack of transfer would be a bad scenario for both the player and the club. Furthermore, Milik wants to be selected as a part of the national team which will compete at the European Championships in June, which is why he needs to play regularly. Unlike other teams interested in his services, such as Juventus, Inter and Atletico, Marseille seems to be a reasonable place to find his form.

However, despite the offer being a relatively favorable one given the player would leave on a free transfer in six months, it still diverges significantly from the requirements of Napoli's authorities. The club’s president, Aurelio de Laurentiis, expects to receive at least an EUR 18 mln bid for Milik.

De Laurentiis’ demands seem unrealistic. Despite numerous offers from Europe's top clubs in the summer transfer window, Napoli considered them unsatisfactory and the conflicted striker has been sidelined from the first team since then. There were also suggestions that the clubs in question could not reach an agreement with the player’s financial expectations as well.

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Napoli takes his striker to court

The seemingly never-ending transfer saga of Milik has entered another stage beyond the pitch. According to Corriere dello Sport revelations, Napoli took their striker to court for image losses.

Napoli's lawsuit is linked with two issues. The first one is the promotion of Milik’s Food & Ball restaurant in Katowice with the use of his name. The Italian club claim that the player is acting illegally because 100 percent of his image rights belong to the club, a contract’s provision Napoli has become notorious for.

The second issue concerns the mutiny of Napoli players following a 1-1 draw against Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League. Then, de Laurentiis ordered the players to go to the penalty training camp, but some of them refused. Napoli officials decided that due to their behavior, the club suffered image losses, which were valued at an EUR 1 mln.

The Polish player is considering filing a lawsuit against Napoli in response. The attacker unsuccessfully demands the payment of arrears. Should the Italians not settle the debt by February 16, Milik will take the case to court.

Milik joined Napoli in 2016 from AFC Ajax for around EUR 32 mln. In his 122 matches for Napoli, the Polish striker scored 48 goals and recorded five assists. He helped his side win the Italian Cup, the club’s first trophy in six years.