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Following abortive efforts to sign Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon, Mohamed Salah from Roma, and Porto’s Rafa Soares; a disciplinary over a heavy-handed approach to buy Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk and Chelsea’s threat of court action over a £10m fee for youngster Dominic Solanke, Liverpool have reached another hurdle in their quest to strengthen for the 2017/18 campaign with the news that their bid for Piotr Zielinski isn’t even close to good enough.
Zielinski, a Polish midfielder currently plying his trade at Napoli, has been courted by the Reds and Spurs of late but the £25m both clubs offered the Italian side for the player falls embarrassingly short of the £60m Napoli want for him. It’s the second time in as many years that Liverpool have tried and failed (so far) to sign Zielinski, with the first effort blighted with the same problem: money; chiefly, not enough of it.
Zielinski played all but six games in Napoli’s 2016/17 campaign in Serie A, helping the side to third in the league. Notably, Liverpool’s offer this year is more than twice the £12m they put in for the player last term, a sum that reflects his increasing maturity but one that makes the Reds seem more than a little desperate, especially given the above transfer troubles; Klopp wasn’t interested in buying Zielinski at £12m.
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The unfortunate truth, for Liverpool fans at least, is that the young Pole, who scored five times and provided an assist on seven more, has hinted at a move to Liverpool if he ever leaves Napoli. Zielinski was pictured wearing a Liverpool shirt in May of last year and commenting that it would be “an honour” to join up with Klopp and Coutinho. At the time, though, the player was trying to force a move away from Empoli (loan) and parent side Udinese.
More recently, Zielinski has been unreceptive to suggestions he might move to Merseyside or the Premier League in general, telling Italian newspaper Tuttosport that he is “certainly thinking only about Napoli”. Increasingly, Zielinski’s apparent fondness for Liverpool looks more like a propaganda campaign for his escape from his former club. The player, in March, stressed that he would be unhappy to leave Napoli teammates like Marek Hamsik and Raul Albiol behind.
While never particularly well-thought of by the bookmakers, coming in at 12/1 for the title in bet365’s football betting odds, Liverpool can beat anybody on their day. However, with holes down the left side in particular, Klopp needs a bit of luck in the transfer market this summer. Naby Keita, a player that Liverpool flirted with earlier in the month is a possible back-up for Zielinski, even though RB Leipzig have refused to sell him – or anyone in the first team for that matter.
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Keita isn’t officially off the Reds’ radar but he’s likely to be an expensive, last-minute purchase if anything at all materialises.
Fellow Zielinski-chasers Spurs are in a rather more precarious position. With the threat of losing Christian Eriksen to Barcelona, the Wembley-based club need a replacement sooner rather than later. While a move to Camp Nou is far from confirmed, Eriksen is a far more ambitious lad than anybody at Tottenham has any right to be. Despite finishing second last season, Spurs are the same outsiders they’ve always been, at 9/1 in the Premier League outrights for 2017/18.
While nothing much is happening at Anfield yet, there’s still a few weeks left until the transfer window opens on July 1.