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Napoli have reportedly made a bid for Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek and have a meeting in place with the club’s president, who is hoping the star’s price will soar amid talk of Barcelona and Chelsea interest.
Football Italia referred to Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis’ remarks on Monday that he had already contacted Genoa regarding Piatek, and La Gazzetta dello Sport reported a €35 million (£30.7 million) offer has already been lodged.
Talk of Napoli’s Piatek interest also featured on Corriere dello Sport‘s front spread:
Corriere dello Sport @CorSport
Ecco la #primapagina di oggi:
– #Italia, tutti sul carro;
– #DeLaurentiis «#Piatek lo compro io»
– #Volley, #Mondiali femminili: andiamo a #Yokohama!
Leggi l’#edizionedigitale ➡️ https://t.co/aTefR3u5du https://t.co/RZscIPh7S0
The Poland international is taking Serie A by storm this season and has 13 goals in eight games for Genoa since he was signed from Cracovia in the summer, with several of Europe’s top outfits said to be on his tail.
Napoli’s reported offer is substantial but probably not quite the money Piatek will eventually go for if he even comes close to maintaining the form he’s exhibited in his first season in one of Europe’s top leagues.
The 23-year-old is averaging a little more than 1.6 goals per game for his new club and opened his international account in just his second senior Poland appearance:
Chelsea’s striker corps could undergo vast change next summer. Olivier Giroud, 32, has a contract that’s due to expire in June, while Michy Batshuayi and Tammy Abraham should return from loans at Valencia and Aston Villa, respectively.
There’s also the case of Alvaro Morata, who hasn’t come along as the club might have hoped, and Maurizio Sarri could seek another option in his first full summer as Chelsea boss.
Barcelona have other areas in more desperate need of address, however, Luis Suarez is beginning to decline as sports writer Andrew Gaffney recently hinted:
Andrew Gaffney @GaffneyVLC
@MDSArshaq @_Ciroph @kevvwill Next summer might be the time to start planning for life without another Suárez. That won’t come cheap either.
The club have had 23-year-old Munir El Haddadi on their books since 2011, but the last few years of his development haven’t materialised as hoped and Piatek looks far more mature for their age.
It’s been bittersweet for the Blaugrana to see loan star Paco Alcacer thrive at Borussia Dortmund this season, although not even he compares to Piatek on current form, per Squawka:
Squawka Football @Squawka
Goals scored for club & country so far this season:
1️⃣4️⃣⚽️ Krzysztof Piątek
0️⃣9️⃣⚽️ Paco Alcácer
0️⃣9️⃣⚽️ André Silva
Europe’s most in-form strikers right now. 🔥 https://t.co/hdfzXOBQ0R
The prospect of seeing the Spaniard renewed with confidence could be ruined after Bild(h/t Mirror‘s Jack Rathborn) reported Dortmund are ready to trigger his €23 million (£20.2 million) purchase option. That suggests the only way for Barca to keep their man would be if Alcacer wanted to stay.
Chelsea frontman Morata scored 11 times in 31 Premier League appearances last season and doesn’t look likely to improve greatly in his second campaign, having scored twice in seven games so far.
The former Spain under-21 star showed promise at Real Madrid and Juventus, but author Mark Worrall wasn’t impressed with his contribution during Spain’s 3-2 home defeat to England on Monday:
Mark Worrall @gate17marco
Imagine Alvaro Morata coming on as a half time substitute for Spain and scoring a hattrick to rescue the match for the home side?
No, me neither.
Sarri will stick with the Spaniard for now, but Piatek is already displaying this season the likes of which Morata has never reached and could be an ideal upgrade if he can keep up his goal rush.