Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis has admitted to Corriere dello Sport that club target Piotr Zielinski is resisting a move to the Serie A club, instead having his heart set on a move to Anfield.
Liverpool and Napoli have been vying for the services of the much coveted Polish winger, who is set to make his Euro 2016 bow this afternoon alongside the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Jakub Blaszczykowski
Liverpool have repeatedly been linked with a move for Zielinski and at times were thought to have secured a deal, but the recent quiet has suggested a cooling of interest.
Napoli meanwhile are open pursuers of the Udinese man, who has spent the past two seasons at Empoli.
Zielinski is reportedly on Klopp's radar
De Laurentiis however has now claimed that despite agreeing all the necessary terms and details with Udinese, the player is resisting a move in order to pave the way for a switch to Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool instead.
“I negotiated for Zielinski with the Pozzo family and we finalised every detail,” De Laurentiis said.
“Instead it now seems as if the player is doing everything possible to resist the move and not come here. He wants Liverpool.”
“Maybe he has never been to Naples, or just loves The Beatles… If I were Zielinski, I’d run here. I’d tell him, are you not interested in playing the Champions League with Maurizio Sarri as your teacher?”
Zielinski is not interested in a move to Naples
Whether Zielinski does have a penchant for 1960s pop icons the Beatles remains to be seen, however whether his future will be decided in the short term remains unlikely, with his agent claiming last week that no transfer activity will be discussed until after the European Championships.
Poland begin their Euro 2016 campaign this afternoon
Poland kick off their campaign this afternoon against Northern Ireland, who will certainly pose stern opposition, having not lost a game in twelve, the longest run of any Euro 2016 qualifier.
Poland are considered a dark horse for the competition, but they will have to negotiate a tricky group including Ukraine and Germany.