Strike another one off the board. Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik will not be a Tottenham Hotspur player when the transfer window closes this summer. After being heavily linked with Spurs all summer, the Polish striker is heading to Roma, according to Fabrizio Romano.
AS Roma have reached an agreement with Napoli to sign Arkadiusz Milik [€25m add ons included]. Now it’s up to the player: if Milik will accept to join Roma, Edin Dzeko will be sold to Juventus. Dzeko has always been the #1 choice as Juve striker @DiMarzio @SkySport #transfers— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 14, 2020
So this is a real bummer but it’s also important to note that despite plenty of evidence that Spurs were pretty into Milik, there wasn’t much to suggest that Milik was actually all that into coming to London. Fans are going to get upset about the €25m price which is reasonable, but transfers can only happen if the clubs want to make a deal and the player actually wants to come. I don’t really know if either of those things were true, and this move seems to imply that Milik wanted to stay in Italy.
Attention is now turning to the other 200 strikers Spurs have been linked to in this window, including an extremely ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ rumor in the Daily Mail concerning Eintracht Frankfurt’s Bas Dost, which I’m not going to link to because it’s the Mail. Tottenham and Jose Mourinho are pretty convinced that they’re going to sign a striker this summer. Good thing there’s a whole bunch of them out there because the rumor mill has already chewed through what feels like a record number.