This article forms part of our Transfer Scenario feature, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at a recent transfer rumour and suggests what the potential consequences would be, should a deal be completed.
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AC Milan’s Krzysztof Piatek is on a list of strikers Barcelona are interested in signing, according to Calciomercato.
The Poland international is reportedly joined by Girona’s Cristhian Stuani, Getafe frontman Jaime Mata, Mario Mandzukuic from Juventus and RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner on that list.
It is claimed that the European giants would be willing to pay €50m [£44.3m] for the Milan man – it is uncertain whether the club would accept this offer, but there could certainly be consequences if they do.
Milan have only scored four goals in six league games this season, with Piatek scoring half of those and Rafael Leao and Hakan Calhanoglu getting one each, as per BBC Sport.
This is a concerning record, with the likes of Suso and Lucas Paqueta yet to get on the scoresheet this season, as per WhoScored.
Therefore, it can be deemed a risky move to allow the sale of a player who has actually managed to get the ball in the back of the net this campaign.
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Suarez hasn’t started less than 30 games in any season at Barcelona other than his first at the club, back in 2014/15, so it seems unlikely he would be happy to watch on from the bench while Piatek plays.
This means the Uruguayan would likely do one of two things if the deal was to go through: challenge the Poland international for his place or leave Barcelona. On the latter point, the former Liverpool star was touted as a target for David Beckham’s Inter Miami by Bleacher Report, with the publication saying ‘don’t rule it out’.
If the second was to be the case, there would likely be various clubs queuing up to get his signature, as even though he isn’t popular at Camp Nou right now, this is still a player who scored 21 league goals last season, with a record of 180 goals and 96 assists in 253 appearances for Barcelona, as per Transfermarkt.
Reinvestment for Milan
If Milan sell Piatek, it is imperative the club reinvests that money into bringing in further reinforcements – whether that is in the forward areas or other positions on the pitch.
The club currently sits just one point above the relegation zone after six games, which is nowhere near good enough for a club of Milan’s standing.
Therefore, whether Piatek is sold or not they should look to bring in new faces – that simply becomes more important if Piatek leaves.
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