Roma's whirlwind of a week continues as it looks like the club have finally landed their striker of the present and future. After a week or so of tense negotiation with Napoli, not to mention a healthy amount of persuasion from Roma's brass to convince Arkadiusz Milik of their latest project, word is breaking that Roma, Napoli and Milik have finally agreed to the framework of a five-year deal for the 26-year-old striker.
According to multiple sources, the two sides have now agreed to a €25 million deal for Milik:
Done deal! Arek #Milik to #ASRoma from #Napoli for €25M (loan with obligation to buy + add-ons). The polish striker will sign a contract until 2025 (€4,5M/year + add-ons). Then Edin #Dzeko to #Juventus from ASRoma for €15M. 2-year contract (€7/year + add-ons). #transfers— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) September 17, 2020
After meeting with Milik's agents at Roma HQ, Roma and Napoli are currently putting the final touches on a €25 million transfer, which, as you can see above, will take the form of a loan plus obligation to buy. While we await the final and official word from either club, when all is said and done, the loan, the option and the bonuses will total €25 million.
Milik arriving, of course, likely means that Edin Dzeko is heading to Juventus. On that front, rumor holds that the Old Lady of Italian Football will pay €15 million for Dzeko, signing him to a two-year deal.
When taken with Roma's earlier capture of Marash “Max” Kumbulla, Roma are practically jamming an entire summer of transfers into a matter of a few days, and all before their opening fixture against Hellas Verona this weekend.
Hopefully we'll be able to breathe soon—it's been a hectic week. While Kumbulla is an important transfer, given Dzeko's importance to the club over the past five years, Milik is perhaps the most significant deal we've seen in quite some time—he has enormous shoes to fill.
Once the deal becomes official we'll take a look at how Roma's new striker stacks up to their old one. Stay tuned.