Report: Liverpool could have signed Piotr Zielinski for free in 2006

The Polish midfielder is reportedly edging closer to a move to Liverpool.

Liverpool could have signed summer transfer target Piotr Zielinski for free in 2006, Polish news outlet Przeglad Sportowy has claimed.

Liverpool are reportedly close to securing the midfielder, with the same newspaper claiming this week that Zielinski is in advanced talks over a move to Anfield.

According to their report, Jurgen Klopp is a keen admirer of the 21-year-old midfielder and wants him in his squad for next season.

As yet a price has not been reported for the Polish star, although Goal claimed back in January that a fee of €15million, around £11.4million, could land the player.

That is not an exorbitant fee by any means, but it now transpires that Liverpool could have paid nothing for Zielinski a decade ago.

Zielinski actually played against Liverpool's academy as a 10-year-old in 2006. He impressed in that game, and was close to signing with their academy according to Przeglad Sportowy.

Instead he rejected the Reds and opted to join Zaglebie Lubin and now ten years later looks set to cost Liverpool significantly more than the free transfer they could have had.

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