Chelsea have reportedly “asked for information” about the availability of Napoli star Arkadiusz Milik as they look to beat Tottenham to the landing of the Poland international.
Milik moved to Partenopei from Ajax in 2016 but injuries have largely restricted the player to a back-up role, with his 35 Serie A appearances last campaign the first time he has managed over 20 in the Italian top flight.
Fellow forward Dries Mertens is expected to sign a new deal with the Serie A side and reports have stated that the Belgium international’s extension could act as a “farewell ticket” for Arkadiusz.
Tottenham have been mentioned with him for several months but, according to Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla (via Tuttonapoli), the west Londoners have now registered interest.
The reporter states that Tottenham are “pushing a lot” to sign Arkadiusz, with Juventus and Atletico Madrid also said to be interested.
Milik has one year left on his contract and it is unclear whether he will sign an extension – if the star chooses not to, Napoli are reportedly keen to sell him in the summer rather than risk losing him for free at the end of next season.
The Blues and Spurs were both keen to bring in attacking reinforcements during the January transfer market.
Spurs lost striker Harry Kane to a hamstring injury on New Years’ Day and purchased Gedson Fernandes and Steven Bergwijn, although no out-and-out striker was purchased.
Across London, Blues chief Frank Lampard was keen to find support for Tammy Abraham amid uncertainty regarding Olivier Giroud’s future.
Giroud has since penned a one-year extension at Stamford Bridge, although Pedro and Willian could both depart at the end of this season.