Everton could make a move for Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik in the January transfer window, with the player ‘convinced’ he will secure a move.
The Poland international was heavily linked with a move away during the summer transfer window, with both he and Napoli keen for him to secure one.
That never happened, though, as he saw potential moves to the likes of Juventus, Roma and Tottenham all break down as they went for other targets.
It’s left him in an unenviable position, with Napoli making it clear he is not part of their plans but desperate to get rid as his contract expires next summer, leaving him free to negotiate with teams from January.
However, according to Area Napoli, Everton may offer a solution that would suit both parties and settle the whole affair.
They say the Blues ‘could again shop’ at Napoli after signing Allan in the summer and it is ‘no mystery’ that Carlo Ancelotti holds Milik in ‘great esteem’.
Given his contract situation, Napoli can no longer ask for the €35m they wanted in the summer, but there is a solution that can ‘make everyone happy’, and that is a deal worth €15m plus €5m in bonuses.
That would represent an ‘important figure’ for Napoli as it would allow them to make a capital gain on the player and give Aurelio de Laurentiis funds for manager Gennaro Gattuso to sign Chelsea’s Emerson Palmieri.
Whether Everton would be willing to pay such a fee isn’t mentioned but on the face of it’s unlikely given they could just wait six months and get him on a free.
Indeed, his contract situation makes Napoli desperate, and if the Blues were interested, it’s almost certain that Marcel Brands would use that to bring the asking price down.
Still, it appears the interest is there, and the Napoli media are very confident something could happen once the winter window opens up.