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Landing deal for Milik would make Southampton’s attack so much better

Southampton recently confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Angus Gunn from Manchester City on a five-year deal, as manager Mark Hughes continues to strengthen in hope that the club can avoid another relegation battle this upcoming season. 

As well Gunn, the Saints have brought in Stuart Armstrong and Mohamed Elyounoussi to improve the squad’s options in midfield and out wide, while an £18m fee for Borussia Monchengladbach central defender Jannik Vestergaard has also been agreed, according to Sky Sports.

With both defence and midfield addressed, Southampton are now likely to turn their attention to revamping their forward line. Record signing Guido Carrillo has already left the club after failing to make little impact since his arrival at St. Mary’s back in January, leaving room for a new striker to be brought it.

And one name that Hughes should strongly be considering is Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik, who is valued at £18m by Transfermarkt.

The Polish international has endured a difficult spell at Napoli, suffering two serious ligament injuries during his time there, but looks to have put them behind after finishing the season strongly and showing glimpses of the form that saw him brought in to replace Gonzalo Higuain.

The 24-year-old scored 21 goals for Ajax in the 2015/16 Eredivisie campaign prior to his move to Napoli, indicating how efficient he can be in front of goal.

Napoli’s reported interest in both Karim Benzema and Edinson Cavani (via CalcioMercato) could see Milik become available this summer. And if so, the former Ajax centre-forward should be a target for Hughes.

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