Napoli are having problems agreeing a new deal with a star midfielder who has been linked with Liverpool, a report claims.
The Serie A giants 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, according to Calciomercato.
The 24-year-old’s current release clause stands at a respectable €65 million 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, Calciomercato has claimed in another exclusive that Napoli and Zielinski are no closer to agreeing terms on a fresh deal.
The sticking point appears to be the new release clause, which club president Aurelio di Laurentiis wants to be set at €130m, a figure Zielinski’s representatives view to be too high.
This has alerted Napoli’s rivals Juventus, while the report also states that Liverpool are still monitoring the situation.
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