Ajax have agreed a deal to sign young Bayer Leverkusen striker Arkadiusz Milik on loan next season with an option to make the deal permanent.
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The Eredivisie Champions wanted to strengthen their attack for next season, and seem to want to get their business done early, as Milik joins other new recruit, 17-year-old Groningen striker Richairo Zivkovic at the Amsterdam Arena.
Milik, a 6ft 2 striker, joined Bayer Leverkusen in 2012 after netting 11 goals in 38 league games for Gornik Zabrze, and was touted as being the new Robert Lewandowski. However his first season in Leverkusen was a disappointment as Milik failed to net in any of his eight appearances for the club
This season, the 20-year-old was sent out on loan to fellow Bundesliga side Augsburg, but again struggled to hold down a place in the first team. Milik made 20 appearances, mostly from the bench, and scored twice.
Internationally, Milik is seen as a huge prospect in the Polish national team, with the striker firing nine goals in six U21 European Championship qualifiers. Milik also has seven caps for the full Polish national team, scoring his first goal in a friendly win over Macedonia last year.
Ajax have pulled off quite a coup in landing Milik, who they have reportedly scouted for a number of years. According to De Telegraaf, Ajax beat off Real Sociedad and five English Premier League clubs, who were all prepared to offer Leverkusen more money, for the striker’s signature.
De Telegraaf are also reporting that Ajax are ahead of a host of clubs to sign highly rated Dinamo Zagreb winger Robert Muric. The 18-year-old is also tracked by Manchester United, Chelsea, and Liverpool.