Liverpool and Chelsea’s pursuit of a £60million Serie A star has taken a fresh twist, if the latest reports are to be believed.
Reports have suggested that Serie A giants Napoli have opened preliminary talks with Piotr Zielinski’s representatives over a new deal, amid talk that Liverpool have stepped up their interest in the player.
The 24-year-old’s current release clause stands at a respectable €65million but with Jurgen Klopp’s men showing significant interest, Napoli are hoping that the Poland international agreeing to a new deal will enable them to more than double his exit fee.
Zielinski is highly regarded in Italy and was strongly linked with a switch to Anfield before he made a €16million move from Udinese to Naples.
Chelsea also tried to sign the player over the summer, but Maurizio Sarri was unable to complete any other moves for Napoli players after signing midfielder Jorginho.
Now, Neil Fissler of the Sunday Express has claimed that Liverpool are still interested in Zielinski, but that a move may become difficult.
“The biggest sticking point appears to be that Napoli want to double the buyout clause that the midfielder has in his current contract,” said Fissler.
Zielinski meanwhile was recently asked about the prospect of an extension at Napoli.
“Negotiations are ongoing between my entourage and the club,” he said after the 2-2 draw with PSG.
“Napoli are asking for a pretty high release clause, and I think we’ll reach a deal soon.”
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