Liverpool have reportedly revived their interest in Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski by launching a £25m bid after failing to sign him last summer.
It’s no secret that Jürgen Klopp has been desperate to add to his midfield ranks this window to provide extra competition for the likes of Adam Lallana and Gini Wijnaldum and a host of names have been linked so far, including Naby Keita, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Now, another – but not exactly new name has been added to the list of potential targets as according to Naples-based newspaper Il Mattino*, Liverpool are back in for Piotr Zielinski after failing to land his signature last summer.
Klopp is said to be a huge fan of the Polish playmaker and met with representatives from his former club Udinese back in January of 2016 but the attempts to broker a deal were unsuccessful. The 23-year-old instead opting to join Napoli in the summer.
The midfielder made 18 league starts for the Serie A club across 2016/17, scoring 5 goals and laying on a further 7 but was unable to secure a regular first team berth, featuring 22 times from the bench.
The report also claims that Tottenham are interested in adding the player to their ranks but that Napoli club president, Aurelio De Laurentiis, is adamant he is not for sale – despite the presence of a £61m release clause in his contract.
The midfielder spoke of Liverpool’s interest* at the start of last season after signing for Napoli, claiming it was a tough decision to turn the Reds down that required a lot of careful thinking: “There were days when I was walking out of home, looked into my mobile and I didn’t know what to do. I spoke a lot with Konrad Golos and Tomasz Dawidowski – my managers from the agency representing me.
* Any source marked with an asterisk is done so because the link provided does not take you to Il Mattino as it is a print-based media outlet and so we referenced an online version of the story from The Metro.