Liverpool are close to completing their second signing of the summer after they agreed a deal with Udinese for midfielder Piotr Zielinski. Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed that he is keen on a move to Anfield rather than Naples, which will come as a big boost to the Reds.
"The lad prefers Liverpool. Clearly he's never been to Naples before and probably he's in love with The Beatles. If he doesn't want to come, then he won't come," De Laurentiis said, as quoted by the Express.
"If I were him, though, I would drop everything and run here," the Napoli president added.
According to Football-Italia, the Merseyside club have agreed a deal in the region of £12m ($17.8m) but will have to wait until the end of Poland's campaign at the ongoing European Championship in France to conclude the deal. The versatile midfielder had admitted earlier in the year that he had held talks with Jurgen Klopp with a view to a possible move to Liverpool.
Zielinski can play all across the midfield or in an advanced role behind the striker and had attracted interest from Napoli and Liverpool. Although owned by Udinese, he spent last season on loan at Empoli. He scored five goals and provided six assists as the Serie A side finished 10th on the table. He is currently with Poland at the Euros, but started just one game in the group stages against Ukraine, which they won 1-0 to book their place in the Round of 16 where they will face Switzerland.
According to the report, he will have his medical following the conclusion of the tournament and sign with Liverpool, to become Klopp's second signing of the summer and the fourth signing since taking over from Brendan Rodgers midway through last season. Marco Grujic was his first signing in January, which was followed by Joel Matip, while Loris Karius from Mainz was the latest arrival.