Liverpool have a chance to finally replace Gini Wijnaldum with the player they initially wanted in 2016. The Reds settled for the Dutchman back then, however.
Gini Wijnaldum officially left Liverpool this week. He joins Paris Saint-Germain at the end of his contract and it’s a big loss.
Wijnaldum has been an integral player over the last few years – an incredibly successful period for the club. He departs as a club legend, having played significant roles in Premier League and Champions League successes.
Not bad for Liverpool’s supposed second choice back in 2016.
The Liverpool Echo claims the Reds actually wanted Piotr Zielinski from Udinese. They even made an offer for the Pole but saw it rejected.
Strangely, Udinese then accepted an identical offer from Napoli. The report isn’t sure why.
Zielinski has been there ever since and played very well. Liverpool turned to Wijnaldum, though, and we’ve got to say it worked out for the best.
But now a strange situation arises. Wijnaldum has gone and Liverpool need a replacement. Reports in Italy suggest they’re looking at Zielinski.
Liverpool to replace Wijnaldum
CalcioMercato believes Liverpool have made contact over Zielinski. Jurgen Klopp remains a big fan and the Reds want to know what it would take.
There’s no suggestion that Napoli have given them a fee but it sounds as though a move is possible. We’re just not sure how much it would cost just yet.
It’s safe to assume it’ll cost a fair bit, though. Zielinski got eight goals and 10 assists in Serie A last season – both career highs. He’s right in his prime and those players don’t come cheap.
But we can see the appeal to Liverpool here. With Wijnaldum gone, why not go and get the player you wanted in the first place? Zielinski is even better and far more experienced than he was five years ago, after all.
Given how well Wijnaldum fit in, it’s pretty clear Liverpool see Zielinski as near-perfect. They’ll almost certainly make an offer if Napoli give them a figure.
And regardless of the past, the 27-year-old would be a fantastic option to have in midfield. Liverpool could easily get three or four great years out of him, if not the five they did Wijnaldum.
What could be better than that? Five years out of both your first and second choices? Liverpool could have their cake and eat it too.