Man Utd transfer blow as Arkadiusz Milik reaches £23m agreement to join Roma from Napoli with Dzeko heading to Juventus
MANCHESTER UNITED have been dealt a transfer blow with target Arkadiusz Milik reportedly on the verge of a £23million move to Roma.
Fabrizio Romano claims the Poland international, 26, is heading to Italy’s capital as a replacement for Edin Dzeko.
Manchester City’s former striker, 34, is apparently set to join champions Juventus.
And that means United will miss out on Milik after identifying him as a possible option up front.
Tottenham were also big fans of Milik and will be forced to look elsewhere if they want to provide Harry Kane with competition.
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Meanwhile, Dzeko’s Juve switch means Olivier Giroud, who had also been in Andrea Pirlo’s sights, will be staying put at Chelsea.
Milik scored 48 goals in 122 games at Napoli following a £32m move from Ajax in 2016.
He is now set to lead Roma’s attack alongside ex-Chelsea ace Pedro, who left Stamford Bridge on a free transfer at the end of last season.
Further north in Turin, Dzeko will link up with Cristiano Ronaldo in attack and arrives as a direct replacement for Gonzalo Higuain.
Dzeko scored 106 goals in 222 games for Roma and is thought to have been on Juve’s radar for a couple of years.
He will now be hoping to add a Serie A title to his trophy cabinet after winning two Premier League titles with City.
Dzeko will become Juventus’ third summer signing after Schalke midfielder West McKennie and Barcelona playmaker Arthur.
Pirlo also has a number of exciting loanees back at the club like Swedish winger Dejan Kulusevski, who was named Serie A’s Best Young Player last term.
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