Liverpool have been handed a massive boost in their pursuit of signing Piotr Zielinski after the Udinese midfielder snubbed a chance to join Napoli. The 22-year-old has been a target for the Italian club, while the Reds have also maintained their interest.
According to Goal.com, the Poland international has set his sights on playing for the Merseyside club and is willing to make a switch to the Premier League in the summer transfer window. Zielinski is impressed with Jurgen Klopp's coaching techniques and is keen on playing under the German manager at Anfield, which has convinced him to turn down a chance to move to the Stadio San Paolo.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis revealed his side had agreed terms with Udinese and are convincing the player to join them. He also confirmed a bid from Liverpool and that Zielinski will reject advances from Napoli to join Klopp's side.
"Liverpool have made a bid for him and Zielinski wants to join them but we are trying to convince the player to join us, because we have an agreement with Udinese," De Laurentiis explained, as quoted by Goal.com.
The offer made by the Reds is in the region of £11m ($15.6m). Goal.com claims Udinese are unwilling to let their player leave and are looking for a fee of around £15m ($21.3m) to part ways with Zielinski. However, the English club believe the bid tabled by them is fair and are hoping to seal the deal.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager has also held talks with the midfielder over the phone, reports The Guardian. Klopp has assured Zielinski that he will have an important role to play at Liverpool in the 2016/17 season if he decides to join them this summer.
Should Zielinski complete his transfer to Liverpool, he will become the club's fourth summer signing. The Reds have already added Marko Grujic, Joel Matip and goalkeeper Loris Karius. He is currently on national duty with Poland in the ongoing Euro 2016 in France.