One of the most persistent rumors of the early summer pre-transfer window was that of Polish midfielder Piotr Zielinski definitely wanting an Anfield move. It was insinuated that he was Kloppo’s first choice—even ahead of Mahmoud Dahoud—and that the player was prepared to hold out for a Liverpool move over Napoli.
In the end, Zielinski made the switch to Napoli in a £14 million deal. A year later, the Pole racked up 36 appearances (half coming off the bench) in Serie A, bagging 5 goals and adding 7 assists in the box-to-box role.
So, naturally, dreaded “reports out of Italy” indicate that Liverpool have tabled a £25 million bid for the midfielder. Because once a Liverpool target...you know the rest. Though, Napoli appear to have little desire to let go of the player, allegedly slapping a £60 million price tag on him.
Even by the “once a Liverpool target” standard, this is a strange one. Klopp & Co. seemed unwilling to match Udinese’s price a year ago, but now they’re willing to likely go in for at least double his price from last summer? On top of the question of price, in looking at the nature of the rumor—started by Italian tabloids, and then picked up by their British counterparts—it seems safe to say that this move is not terribly likely. So be prepared to hear much more about it in the coming months.