Report: Man Utd were ‘close’ to beating Spurs, Chelsea to deal for €27m Milan outcast

By Oliver Fisher -

Manchester United were reportedly ‘close’ to a deal which would have seen AC Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek move to Old Trafford this month.

The Poland international was linked with a number of different Premier League sides having fallen out of favour under Rossoneri head coach Stefano Pioli, who prefers using a strike partnership of Rafael Leao and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

La Gazzetta dello Sport’s Nicolo Schira reported on Sunday that Piatek’s agent has offered the striker to Chelsea as a potential replacement for Olivier Giroud, while transfer source Louis Girardi confirmed that the Stamford Bridge side are in talks over a deal.

Schira then acknowledged that Spurs are also in the race to land the 24-year-old, confirming that contacts are ongoing between Tottenham and Milan.

There was another twist as The Independent claimed Piatek is an option for Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he plots late move to secure cover for the injured Marcus Rashford.

However, Piatek now looks set to seal a move to Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin in a deal worth anywhere between €22-27m – depending on which reports you believe.

The Times are reporting United ‘were close to a deal’ for the 24-year-old which would have seen him join for 18 months loan before completing a permanent move in 2021.

However, Hertha ‘acted swiftly in the past two days and appear close to a permanent deal’, with the Red Devils having now moved on to Islam Slimani and Salomon Rondon.

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