The Piotr Zieinski transfer saga has rumbled on throughout the summer, but in fairness, there’s not many Liverpool fans who care too much whether we sign the Polish international or not.
We’ve already got Joe Allen, who plays a similar role, and following the Welshman’s superb Euro 2016 campaign, many would prefer us to keep the 26-year-old.
Zielinski though has been a central midfield target, along with Mahmoud Dahoud, for months, but it turns out AC Milan have put themselves in contention to complete a deal ahead of us.
“Zielinski has attracted the interest of many clubs, including AC Milan,” Udinese president Giampaolo Pozzo has told Milannews.it (cited by Calciomercato).
“I can say no more. We had agreement with Napoli but they failed to find agreement with the player. We have to say how things will develop in the future. What’s for sure is that each party must be satisfy before closing the deal.”
Milan CEO Adriano Galliani met with Pozzo in Ibiza over the weekend to discuss a deal, with a €15m price-tag put on Zielinski’s head. The 22-year-old is holding out for a move to Anfield, say the Echo, but with Liverpool having an initial bid rejected, there’s no indication we’ll table another just yet.
Our interest in Zielinski is genuine, and although he’s not a marquee player, it’s important to remember that Jurgen Klopp acquired a number of smaller players while at Borussia Dortmund, before turning them into world-class performers, such as Ilkay Gundogan, Mats Hummels, Shiniji Kagawa and Robert Lewandowski.