€65m Liverpool, Arsenal target set for Serie A extension talks

Zielinski impressed for Napoli last season, making 36 Serie A appearances, scoring four times and assisting twice

€65m Liverpool, Arsenal target set for Serie A extension talks

Zielinski impressed for Napoli last season, making 36 Serie A appearances, scoring four times and assisting twice

15 June 2018 Friday 12:22
€65m Liverpool, Arsenal target set for Serie A extension talks

Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski is set to hold talks with the Serie A club to discuss a contract renewal.

Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham have all been linked with summer moves for the Poland midfielder, whose contract expires in Naples in 2021.

Zielinski impressed for Napoli last season, making 36 Serie A appearances, scoring four times and assisting twice.

Corriere dello Sport understand that Napoli want to hand the midfielder a new contract until the summer of 2023 and Napoli owner Aurelio Di Laurentiis has contacted Zielinski’s agent to propose a meeting in the next few days about handing the player a new deal.

Zielinski, who joined Napoli from Udinese in the summer of 2016 for a €16m, will see his €65m buyout clause either removed or increased.

Jurgen Klopp was first linked with the then-Udinede star when he first took over at Anfield in October 2015, but despite holding talks with the player over a £13million move, the Reds baulked at his asking price.

Speaking about Liverpool’s January 2016 interest, Zielinski told Polish outlet Przegląd Sportowy: “Everyone said: ‘Great offer, Klopp wants you, it’s a fairytale in terms of finances’. All fine, but I wasn’t convinced.

“I was driving my car and I said to my girlfriend: ‘No, red light, I’m not leaving’. I felt great in Empoli, I didn’t want to leave the lads when we were battling for the European places.

“My head was a mess. Liverpool finally got a plane and I met with Jürgen Klopp. He said he wanted me in his team. I saw a different world and after returning my head was even a bigger mess.”

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