Increasing reports at the weekend are suggesting that Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is ‘desperate’, according to the Express, to sign Italian side Genoa’s striker Krzysztof Piatek.
The report indicates that Chelsea are willing to pay in the region of £40 million for the Polish international, however Genoa are likely to put up a fight and demand at least £60 million for the 23-year old – who only arrived in Italy this summer from Kraków in Poland.
The striker has dazzled Serie A since his arrival and it’s little surprise that Chelsea, among other top European clubs are casting glances, with nine league goals in just seven appearances, thrown in with an additional four goals in one Coppa Italia appearance.
Chelsea’s season has started way ahead of the expectations of most fans, but the one issue with the squad right now is that too much is reliant on the attacking midfield talent – mainly Eden Hazard. Despite Alvaro Morata finding a couple of goals as of late, it appears that Maurizio Sarri wants to bring in his own striker to find the net on a much more regular basis.
The Express also carry interesting quotes from Genoa’s chief Giorgio Perinetti, who has squashed claims that the Italian side are looking to cash in on their new star striker;
“We should absolutely exclude possibility of Piatek being sold in January.”
“He can improve even more so it’s hard to imagine the parameters and set his valuation now.”
The January transfer window has been long known as a time where clubs pay over the odds for their targets, mixed in with the current state of the market and how hard it is to find a premium and proven goalscorer. So the question is will Genoa’s rumoured £60m-valuation have increased even more should the Pole continue to lead the scoring charts?
The report also says that Napoli, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Dortmund and Roma have all had Krzysztof Piatek scouted, so Chelsea without doubt have quite the transfer battle on their hands if they do indeed make a move in January.