Arkadiusz Milik linked with United move, but he would be a risky buy

Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik is a transfer target for Manchester United, The Sun report.

Milik is valued at £60 million and he is one of Europe’s most in form strikers.

He has scored 10 goals in 12 games for Napoli this season and is living up to the potential he showed at Ajax as a youngster.

The Polish striker is 25, and is an exciting goalscorer with untapped potential. He has the ability to become one of Europe’s best, but his injury record is concerning.

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Red flag

Milik has been unlucky since joining Napoli in 2016. He has suffered two serious knee injuries, including one ACL.

Calciomercato reported in September how Milik had missed 52 games in three seasons due to injuries.

He has recovered well, scoring 20 goals last season. This campaign he had a minor injury early on which limited his game time, but he is fully fit now.

Manager at the time Carlo Ancelotti was said to be worried as to whether he could rely on Milik this season after he suffered a pre-season injury.

He’s an exciting talent, and he is defying expectations by making a full recovery to be so effective for club and country.

Even so, United have to take this into account before dropping £60 million to sign him.

The last thing supporters want is to sign a player who will be spending more time in the treatment room than on the pitch. Milik would be a major risk in this regard, but he might be worth it.

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He’d jump at a move

Napoli have had a really difficult season leading to Ancelotti’s departure and they sit eighth in Serie A.

He would jump at the chance to move to United, admitting in 2012 that it was his dream.

He told Polish outlet Onet Sport: “My dream is to play in this club. I’m a Red Devil supporter, that’s why I’d love to play in the team at Old Trafford one day.”

If you take a positive stance on his injuries, he has scored 30 goals in the last 18 months and has been free of serious knee problems for two full calendar years.

But United’s luck with injuries is poor, and Milik might simply be a risk the team would prefer not to take.

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