Liverpool have a stake in Piotr Zielinski
Liverpool are reportedly interested in Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski but signing him will be difficult due to his long contract with the Serie A side.
According to a report by Calciomercato, Liverpool hold an interest in Napoli and Poland midfielder Piotr Zielinski, with manager Jurgen Klopp seen as a big admirer of the 27-year-old.
Zielinski has been in Italy since 2011, when he joined Udinese from childhood club Zaglebie Lubin. After initially joining the club’s Under-19 team, he moved up to the first team but only managed 20 senior appearances. After a two-year loan at Empoli between 2014 and 2016, he left Udinese for good to sign for Napoli.
Since signing for the Partenopei, the Poland international has become a key member of the squad, racking up 261 appearances, including 38 goals and 33 assists. A versatile operator, Zielinski adds value to the team through his ability to play in the double pivot, or in the role of attacking midfielder or in large areas, as well as the energy and pace of work that he proposes.
Zielinski has been one of Napoli’s most trusted players this season, producing five goals and assists each, helping them fight for the Serie A title under Luciano Spaletti. And his development over the years has earned him an admirer in Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool.
The report adds that the German tactician has been following Zielinski’s progress since his days at Udinese and is interested in bringing him to Anfield. Liverpool will need to strengthen their midfield as soon as possible. The Reds haven’t signed a replacement after losing Georginio Wijnaldum last summer.
On top of that, James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara are in their 30s and not getting any younger. So maybe it is time for Klopp & co. to start building for the future. It made it possible to forge links with several midfielders, with The young Barcelona Gavi presented as a target, with Borussia Dortmund prodigy Jude Bellingham.
Now Zielinski has also become an option for the Merseyside giants. However, the report adds that signing the midfielder will not be easy due to his contractual situation. The 27-year-old signed a new deal with Napoli last year, committing his future at the club until 2024, with the Serie A bigwigs also retaining the option of extending him for another twelve months.
This means Zielinski has effectively more than three years on his contract, and it would take a large sum of money for Napoli to consider parting ways with him. So Liverpool could decide to look at other options to strengthen their midfield unit.