Once a rumoured Liverpool target, always a rumoured Liverpool target. So it often seems to go in the land of rumour mongering, and today we find ourselves with an old familiar name being linked to the Reds once again.
Today, we welcome Piotr Zielinski back. Having been heavily linked with the Reds back in 2016 while he was on Udinese’s books, instead the now 27-year-old Polish international joined Napoli in a reported €16M deal.
Now valued at over thrice that amount and with a contract running through the summer of 2024, CalcioMercato claim that Liverpool this week reached out to Napoli to enquire as to the midfielder’s potential availability.
Liverpool’s interest was soon followed by an enquiry from Manchester City, which sounds rather like the story you’d expect to hear from the Italian press if a club was trying to spark a bidding war for one of its players.
In any case, the outlet insist it is Zielinski who is interested in seeking a new challenge for the remainder of his prime years, with Napoli not seeking a sale but—of course—willing to entertain the idea of one for the right price.
For our part, we’re inclined to think this is nothing more than two familiar names—Zielinski and Liverpool—being linked out of convenience, and whether it’s an agent or club putting it out into the world hardly matters.
Liverpool will likely sign a midfielder this summer, but that midfielder is likely to be at least a couple of years younger than Zielinski not to mention likely to cost less than Napoli would demand from a potential buyer.