According to a report in the Daily Mail, Liverpool have ‘opened talks’ with Udinese for Polish midfielder Piotr Zielinski, who could be available for around £11m.
The 21-year-old is currently on loan at Serie A side Empoli, where he’s been a regular starter in central midfield all season.
The report suggests Liverpool have scouted the capped Pole on a number of occasions this season, and have been suitably impressed enough to open direct talks with the player’s parent club.
Zielinski’s scored three and picked up five assists too, deployed predominantly in a box-to-box role.
He’s technically very good, can pass and dribble, but lacks the kind of physical frame which would make him an imposing Premier League central midfielder.
Still, he’s young and his plenty of time to develop his skills.
Liverpool have already secured a deal to bring central midfielder Marko Grujic to Anfield, and it seems like Jurgen Klopp is looking to bolster this area of the squad some more.
He currently has Lucas, Emre Can, Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Joe Allen for the middle of the park, but central midfield could definitely be improved – as on occasions this season we’ve lacked creativity in this area.
Most fans would prefer we acquired a proven central midfielder in the mould of Granit Xhaka or Ilkay Gundogan, but it’s important to note that most of Klopp’s best players at Borussia Dortmund were largely unheralded when they arrived at the club.
Hopefully the likes of Grujic and perhaps Zielinski can make their names at Anfield in a similar way that Shinji Kagawa, Mats Hummels and co. did with Dortmund under Klopp.