Liverpool missed out on the chance to sign Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski three years ago, it has been revealed.
Zielinski, 24, has been linked with a move to Liverpool recently, but they could have signed him much earlier – and for much cheaper – when he was on loan at Empoli from Udinese.
Empoli president Maurizio Corsi told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli: “Zielinski should have signed for Liverpool, when Napoli begun negotiations he had an offer of the Reds in the table but Napoli chiefs managed to persuade him.
“I have some regrets about him. I could have signed him on a permanent deal from Udinese who did a deal with Napoli in the end.
“It’s hard to negotiate with [Udinese president] Pozzo, for me he is the best president.”
It was reported that last month that Liverpool were close to signing Zielinski before settling on Georginio Wijnaldum instead, with Corsi’s quotes appearing to confirm those claims.
Zielinski moved to Napoli in 2016, where he has remained ever since. The Poland international, who has spent his entire professional career in Italy, has a €65m release clause in his contract, which the Serie A club are hoping to increase in the near future.
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