Intermediary: ‘Milik and Napoli asking too much’

Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik is of interest to Tottenham, Newcastle, Fulham and Leeds, but an intermediary warns both player and club are asking for too much.

The Poland international is heading to England this summer after his move to Roma collapsed.

Tottenham Hotspur are the favourites and Calciomercato.it claim there is a summit planned in London tomorrow.

However, Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli insist Spurs aren’t the only Premier League side that Napoli and Milik’s agent will meet on Wednesday.

There should also be talks with Newcastle United, Fulham and Leeds United.

Vincenzo Morabito, one of the intermediaries working on the Milik transfer, also spoke to Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.

“There are some situations of interest in England, but he was promised a big Italian club with a salary worth €6m per year and things have changed.

“If Napoli continue to ask for €25m plus €5m in bonuses, then he is staying in Naples. In my view, his worth on the market is currently around €20m.

“The other issue is that, in his mind, Milik thinks he can earn €5m per season, but he’ll never get that kind of salary. In England, they’d be prepared to offer him €3.5m at most.

“The whole situation has been dealt with very badly.”

Milik’s contract with Napoli only runs to June 2021 and the club has threatened to leave him in the stands for the whole season unless he agrees a transfer after he refused to sign an extension.

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New twist in Verona-Roma controversy

The Amadou Diawara saga has taken another strange twist, with reports Pantaleo Longo resigned from Roma over the error and is now going to join Hellas Verona.

The two teams played a 0-0 draw in the opening Serie A game of the season last Saturday, but Diawara was irregularly registered in the Under-22 list of players, despite turning 23 in July.

Because he was fielded when not properly registered, Roma were penalised by forfeiting the game 3-0.

Last night, it was reported that secretary general Longo had tended his resignation, accepting responsibility for the error.

Now Sportitalia claim Longo already has another job lined up with Hellas Verona, the club that benefited from the mistake to earn a 3-0 win.

Meanwhile, Roma have pledged to appeal the verdict, because it was a simple administrative error that did not affect the result.

Although Diawara was in the wrong list, there were still empty slots in the Over-22 group that he could’ve taken.

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Milik meeting with Tottenham

Napoli and Arkadiusz Milik’s agent are set to meet with Tottenham Hotspur in London tomorrow to discuss the striker’s transfer, it’s reported in Italy.

According to Calciomercato.it, a summit has been set up for the Poland international striker.

He had been all set to join Roma, on loan with obligation to buy for €18m plus up to €7m in add-ons and bonuses.

However, that deal collapsed when Milik took too long to work out the details of his exit from Napoli.

There are a series of issues that combine to circa €1m between player and club, regarding outstanding wages, fines and image rights.

If Spurs were to increase their offer to €19m plus €7m in bonuses, then a deal could be done to suit everyone.

Tottenham have long been linked with Milik, as manager Jose Mourinho repeatedly complained Harry Kane is the only striker in his squad.

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Morata arrives for Juventus

Alvaro Morata has landed in Turin and will have his Juventus medical on Tuesday, completing a loan move for €10m from Atletico Madrid with option to buy for €45m.

The 27-year-old arrived at Caselle Airport at around midnight local time, greeted by supporters and media.

It is a return to the Bianconeri, as he already played here from 2014-16 on loan from Real Madrid.

This new deal is going to be a loan for €10m with option to buy in June 2021 for €45m.

According to Sky Sport Italia, there is also a clause allowing them to extend the loan for another year for €10m, with the option to buy in June 2022 for €35m.

Atletico Madrid are releasing Morata because they have a deal to sign Luis Suarez as a free agent from Barcelona.

Juve’s first choice had been Edin Dzeko, but Roma won’t release him because his replacement Arkadiusz Milik has still not worked out the details of an exit from Napoli.

Seeing the delays in that chain Juventus moved on to Plan B with Morata.

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Resignation and confusion around Diawara error

More details are emerging about the chaos caused by Roma’s error registering Amadou Diawara, with reports secretary general Pantaleo Longo has resigned.

Diawara played in the opening Serie A 0-0 draw with Hellas Verona, but the midfielder was not included in the squad list.

He was still in the Under-22 list of players, but turned 23 on July 17, so was no longer eligible for that group.

Sky Sport Italia claim Roma were alerted to the problem by automatic software set up by the Lega Serie A.

At this point, Roma insist they contacted the authorities and were told it was a technical error, so they shouldn’t worry about it.

On the other hand, the Lega Serie A maintain they told the club Diawara had to be registered in the correct list or he could not play.

Because of this, Siamolaroma.it are reporting this evening that secretary general Longo has offered his resignation.

Roma genuinely risk having the 0-0 result scrapped and a 3-0 victory handed to Verona for irregularly fielding Diawara.

The Giallorossi could argue their case that the error made no material difference, because there were still four empty slots in the Over-22 list of players, so Diawara did not take up a place that otherwise wouldn’t have been available.

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