Udinese claim the Piotr Zielinksi transfer saga will draw to a conclusion in the coming days, as Liverpool, Napoli and AC Milan lie in wait. Zielinksi, 21, was expected to move to Anfield following his Euro 2016 campaign with Poland.
While Napoli were also keen to recruit the midfielder, their president Aurelio de Laurentiis had admitted defeat in the transfer battle, explaining Zielinksi favoured a switch to Merseyside. The player himself revealed he had spoken to Jurgen Klopp about the move in April.
Things grew complicated, however, when Udinese rejected an offer from Liverpool, according to BBC Sport. Milan have since emerged as the favourites to sign the Poland international, but according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Rossoneri are unable to fund the move until they sell Colombia striker Carlos Bacca, who remains heavily linked with both West Ham United and Atletico Madrid.
But a saga that has dragged and dragged is nearing an end, according to Udinese sporting director Nereo Bonato.
"The player is wanted by many teams and in some cases had even come to a full agreement, but everything is changing," Bonato was quoted as saying by Tutto Mercato. "In the coming days, we will understand."
Zielinski is said to favour a switch to Anfield and was even pictured wearing a Liverpool shirt adorned with his name and number during an appearance on French television in May.
His agent Bartolomej Bolek recently told La Gazzetta dello Sport that the player has also made his decision, but refused to elaborate any further.
"It's true [that Liverpool have been tracking the player] but I don't like to talk about negotiations in the papers. We've decided [what his next club will be], but it's a secret."
The Premier League club have made three additions this summer in Loris Karius, Joel Matip and Sadio Mane, with Sergio Canos, Martin Skrtel, Kolo Toure, Jordan Rossiter and Jerome Sinclair all leaving Anfield.