Premier League high-flyers Leicester city are plotting a January move for Ajax striker Arkadiusz Milik, according to the Mirror.
After struggling to make an impact upon his move to Bayer Leverkusen in 2012, Milik’s career has sky-rocketed over the course of the past two campaigns. The Poland international's loan to Ajax last season saw the 21-year-old shine, finding the net 17 times in 32 appearances.
Such superb performances at the Amsterdam Arena warranted a permanent move to the Eredivisie side and a return to the Poland national team. Upon escaping from his Leverkusen frustrations, Milik has added a further six strikes in 15 appearances so far this season for Ajax.
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Moreover, his growing prominence for Poland has seen him form a deadly partnership with arguably the continent’s most potent forward - Robert Lewandowski.
Milik proved influential in his country’s qualification for Euro 2016. The forward scored six goals and provided six assists - the highest in qualifying - as Poland finished second only to world champions Germany in their group.
It is this monumental rise that has seen Milik’s transfer value increase by the day, making the £2 million Ajax paid for his services in the summer look like a bargain. In fact, the estimated fee required to prise him from Amsterdam now stands at £10 million.
Claudio Ranieri is reported to be eyeing up the forward in January and sees him as the perfect addition to ensure Leicester maintain their fantastic start to the season.
The transfer would see a considerable burden lifted off star man Jamie Vardy and may provide him with an equally clinical strike partner. With Shinji Okazaki yet to find the net since August 15 and Leonardo Ulloa goalless this season, Milik may prove the man to provide the Foxes with greater attacking depth.
However, if this move does go through in January, it would prove a bitter blow to Tottenham Hotspur, who turned down the opportunity to sign Milik when he was 16. At the time, the club stated they had better players of his age and position in the club’s academy.
Such a move would undoubtedly have Spurs kicking themselves, but if Leicester seal the deal, they will be acquiring one of Europe’s rising young stars.
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