Milik joins Napoli on five-year-deal

The Pole had long been linked with a move to Naples

Milik joins Napoli on five-year-deal

Napoli have confirmed the signing of Arkadiusz "Arek" Milik from Ajax for an undisclosed fee on a five-year-deal.

The 22-year-old Pole is one of Europe's hottest strikers having netted 33 times in 52 outtings over the past two seasons in the Eredivisie and has been handed the number 99 jersey, therefore meaning the hunt for a number 9 is still on.

He took to his facebook page and said "It’s an honour to be part of Napoli" adding that they have "fantastic fans" and are a "great club with a glorious history."

Milik started his professional career aged 16 playing for lower league side Rozwoj Katowice and would move to the Polish top flight the season. After netting 11 times in 38 games Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen were prompted to take a punt on him but the spell presented few opportunites for him to impress at the BayArena. Still only 20 at the time he was shipped out on loan to FC Augsburg and then loaned to Ajax the season thereafter where he really started to shine. After his loan to Ajax, the Dutch giants made his stay in Amsterdam a permanent one. 

Napoli act quick after Higuain exit to secure Milik

Milik has no problem finding the back of the net, much like the man he is replacing | Photo:
Milik has no problem finding the back of the net, much like the man he is replacing | Photo:

Milik's name had been linked with the Stadio San Paolo outfit all mercato and after the exit of Gonzalo Higuain to Juventus in a €94 million euro deal it comes as no surprise that they've secured his services so quickly. 

Higuain netted a handsome 36 goals last season, setting a new Serie A goals record in the process and was largely seen as the figure who would lead them to their first scudetto since the 1989/90 season but the pressure to bring the scudetto back to Naples has now been firmly planted on Milik's shoulders. 

Also in the mix for a move to the Partenopei is Mauro Icardi but Inter remain firm that they view their captain as indispensable and are unwilling to accept any offer despite the newest reports stating they've had an offer of €60 million knocked back. The thought of a Milik-Icardi partnership is a scary one and it has to be remembered their best years are yet to come making it an even scarier thought.