Krzysztof Piatek Completes Transfer to Hertha Berlin from AC Milan

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJanuary 30, 2020

MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 28:  Krzysztof Piatek of AC Milan looks on during the Coppa Italia Quarter Final match between AC Milan and Torino at San Siro on January 28, 2020 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)
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Hertha Berlin confirmed the signing of Krzysztof Piatek from AC Milan on a permanent deal on Thursday.

The Bundesliga outfit announced the acquisition on their official website, with the Poland international saying he's delighted to make the switch.

"I'm so happy that this transfer got done," he said. "The way this club is going really convinced me that this was the right move for me, and I'm so excited to play with my new team-mates. I want to contribute to this development with plenty of great performances and hopefully lots of goals." 

Piatek will leave Milan just a year on from his high-profile transfer from Genoa. He arrived at the San Siro as one of European football's most prolific centre-forwards, although he's struggled for form this term and his stock has subsequently fallen.

Even though he has not hit top gear this season, Piatek was a target for a number of big-name outfits. The Times noted Manchester United were close to agreeing an 18-month loan deal with Milan for the striker, while Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea have also been linked.

Instead, Hertha have been able to land the 24-year-old, and he will be out to rebuild his reputation as one of the most deadly finishers on the continent.

Prior to his move to Milan, Piatek had scored an incredible 19 goals in 21 Serie A matches with Genoa.

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Last season, he scored nine more goals for the San Siro outfit in 18 league appearances. However, his edge in front of goal has disappeared this term, with just four Serie A strikes in 2019-20.

Milan drafted in Zlatan Ibrahimovic to solve their goalscoring woes, and he has had a positive impact since his return to the club, with the Rossoneri enjoying an upturn in form. The 38-year-old bumped Piatek further down the pecking order, and eventually a transfer became inevitable in this window.

Now it will be intriguing to see how the Pole fares in the German capital. Piatek thrives on quality service, as he's able to finish with his right foot, left foot and head, so the onus will be on the Hertha midfielders and wingers to make the most of his smart movement and reactions.

Hertha also need a goalscorer to fire them out of trouble in the Bundesliga. They are down in 13th place in the table, just five points clear of the relegation zone.