Piotr Zielinski is facing crunch talks with Udinese over a potential move to Liverpool – as the Italians try to squeeze more cash from the Premier League side.
Poland midfielder Zielinski impressed during a two-year loan stint with Empoli and soon emerged as one of Jurgen Klopp’s top targets this summer. He has been tracked by the Reds since January with the player revealing he had been in contact with the German over a potential switch to the Premier League.
But while Udinese have accepted a £12million bid for the player from Napoli, reports in the Italian press claim they have rejected the same offer from Liverpool in an attempt to get the Reds to give them more money.
Zielinski told Udinese last month that he does not want to move to Napoli and following his return to Italy following Poland’s Euro 2016 elimination, talks are set to resume.
Liverpool, however, will not want to be messed around and will not want to pay over the odds.
The situation is further complicated by Liverpool’s interest in alternative target Mahmoud Dahoud, but that is also proving hard to get over the line with Borussia Monchengladbach unwilling to sell.