Reports: Liverpool didn't sign Piotr Zielinski for £13m in 2016, £135m clause may now be imminent

Piotr Zielinski of SSC Napoli in action during the serie A match between SSC Napoli and Torino FC at Stadio San Paolo on May 6, 2018 in Naples, Italy.

Napoli are fighting to keep recent Liverpool target Piotr Zielinski.

Piotr Zielinski of SSC Napoli in action during the serie A match between SSC Napoli and Torino FC at Stadio San Paolo on May 6, 2018 in Naples, Italy.

According to Il Mattino, Napoli are pushing to hand midfielder Piotr Zielinski a new contract, which would include a stunning €150million (£135million) release clause.

Zielinski, 24, made headlines this weekend by scoring the opening goal in Poland's 1-1 draw with Italy, further underlining just why he has been compared to Manchester City superstar Kevin De Bruyne.

The Polish star has become one of Serie A's top midfielders with Napoli, and notched four goals as well as two assists in Italy's top flight last season.

 

Now, Il Mattino report that, with Zielinski taking on a greater role under new Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti, a new contract could be in the pipeline for the former Udinese midfielder.

It's claimed that Napoli may slap a €150million (£135million) release clause in Zielinski's new contract, no doubt leaving Liverpool to rue a missed opportunity just two years ago.

As reported by The Mirror, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wanted to bring Zielinski to Anfield, but Liverpool only went as far as £11.5million, with Napoli beating them with a £13million offer.

Piotr Zielinski of SSC Napoli in action during the serie A match between SSC Napoli and AS Roma - Serie A at Stadio San Paolo on March 3, 2018 in Naples, Italy.

Now, with Napoli pushing for this new contract, it may cost around ten times that amount to sign Zielinski, and even if that value is just to protect Napoli, the midfielder has certainly earned being valued highly by the Italian side, and would certainly have been a bargain for Liverpool.

Piotr Zielinski of SSC Napoli drives the ball during the serie A match between SSC Napoli v Genoa CFC at Stadio San Paolo on March 18, 2018 in Naples, Italy.

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