Sunday October 9 2016
Napoli seek Milik alternatives

Napoli are considering Emmanuel Adebayor, Dimitar Berbatov, Marouane Chamakh or Kevin Kuranyi to replace injured Arkadiusz Milik.

The Polish striker tore his ACL while on international duty last night and will have further tests today, but is expected to be out of action for four months.

He was their top scorer so far this season, netting seven goals in nine competitive games.

FIFA are due to pay Napoli compensation, but it’ll only be around €430,000.

The Partenopei can sign a player who is out of contract to fill the gap until January, even if it’s too late to register him for the Champions League.

Options include veterans Berbatov, Chamakh, Adebayor and Kuranyi.

Federico Macheda is also currently a free agent and looking for a new club after his deal with Cardiff City expired.

In January, Napoli can simply pay Udinese a minimal fee and get Duvan Zapata back early from his two-season loan spell.

Manolo Gabbiadini has often struggled in the centre-forward role and seems to prefer supporting another striker.

It’s possible Maurizio Sarri could opt for a ‘lighter’ trio to lead his 4-3-3 system, with Jose Callejon as a False 9 flanked by both Lorenzo Insigne and Dries Mertens.

This tactic has been used at times during games this season, but never from the start.

The injury to Milik is particularly inconvenient, as Napoli face a crucial head-to-head for second place with Roma next weekend.

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