Liverpool and Juventus tracking Napoli ace Piotr Zielinski amid ‘contract dispute over release clause’
LIVERPOOL are reportedly keeping tabs on Napoli star Piotr Zielinski as he stalls on a new contract.
Napoli want to offer Zielinski a new deal which would also double his £57million release clause amid interest from other clubs.
But the versatile Poland midfielder, 24, and his agent feel that price is excessive.
According to Calcio Mercato, both Liverpool and Juventus are monitoring the situation.
The Reds almost signed Zielinski from Udinese in 2016 but he opted to move to Naples for about £14m.
Zielinski, who spent two seasons on loan at Empoli before making the switch, said: “My head was a mess. Liverpool finally got a plane and I met with Jurgen Klopp.
“He said he wanted me in his team. I saw a different world and after returning my head was an even bigger mess.
“I knew that Liverpool wanted me badly and I knew they would return to the talks as I got that promise in January. It didn’t work out for them with Udinese at the end.”
Empoli president Fabrizio Corsi claimed only financial reasons stopped him selling to Liverpool.
He said: “When he came to Naples, he had that option [Liverpool], but they did really well to convince him.
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“I have a few regrets regarding him. He was decisive for us, but I didn’t ask for a ransom.
“I was working with Udinese’s interests in mind, who then had an agreement with Naples. It’s hard to deal with Giampaolo Pozzo [owner of Udinese]. For me, he’s the best.”
Zielinski plays mainly as a centre-mid but can operate on both flanks as well.
He has scored two Serie A goals this season.