Wednesday July 8 2020
Giuntoli: 'Milik to leave, no Osimhen deal'

Napoli director of sport Cristiano Giuntoli confirms Arkadiusz Milik is closer to the exit than a renewal, but there are ‘no agreements’ with Victor Osimhen or Lille.

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“Our opponents are fighting for their football lives, so we have to show character and grit, this is the kind of match a club like ours ought to be winning,” the director told Sky Sport Italia.

Naturally, the questions moved on to the transfer market and speculation on their forwards.

“As far as I know, there is no Juventus interest in Milik, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there was, because he is a very talented forward. He has not renewed his contract, so it’s no shock that there are many big clubs who would like to have him.”

Giuntoli was asked if Milik was closer to the exit than he was to a Napoli renewal?

“At this moment, yes.”

Last week, Lille striker Osimhen visited the Napoli headquarters, coach Gennaro Gattuso and President Aurelio De Laurentiis, but there’s no sign of any decision either way. Are personal terms agreed?

“Osimhen is a very interesting lad. We do not have any agreements with him or Lille. He came to visit the city and see if he likes it, we’re interested in him along with many other clubs.

“Honestly, the transfer market is very quiet at the moment. It feels like early May more than July, so we’re quiet both outgoing and incoming. We are working on contract renegotiations and hope to make them official soon.

“If Allan is in good shape, then there is no doubting his quality. He had a lot of fitness problems over the last year, nothing serious, but lots of little issues. The crisis might damage the value of many players, but not ones like Allan.”