Report: Klopp still wants Piotr Zielinski at Liverpool amid £58m Napoli clause

Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp smiles on the pitch at the end of the UEFA Champions League Group E football match between Liverpool and Spartak Moscow at Anfield in Liverpool,...

Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool failed to bring Piotr Zielinski to the Premier League in 2016 and he has since starred in Serie A with Napoli.

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.

Liverpool’s links with Piotr Zielinski are not going away.

Ever since Jurgen Klopp was appointed at Anfield a few years ago, the highly-rated Polish midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Merseyside.

According to the Mirror, Liverpool offered £11.5 million to sign Zielinski from Udinese in 2016, only for Napoli to beat them to the punch. Two years on, however, and it seems that signing the 24-year-old is still high on Klopp’s to-do list.

 

Calciomercato claims that the former Borussia Dortmund and Mainz coach is still following Zielinski’s progress closely and remains a huge fan. And, while Liverpool will not be making a move in January, the report adds, next summer could see Zielinski become a gossip column regular.

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

The attacking midfielder currently has a release clause in his contract standing at around £58 million; which is rather fair in today’s market.

Napoli, however, want to tie Zielinski down to a new deal with a vastly improved clause, which would be closer to £100 million. So Liverpool could be forced to pay big if they want to sign a player they failed to get for just £11 million two years ago.

Piotr Zielinski in action  during the serie A match between US Sassuolo and SSC Napoli at Mapei Stadium - Citta' del Tricolore on March 31, 2018 in Reggio nell'Emilia, Italy.

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