Liverpool handed massive blow in their pursuit for 24-year-old playmaker

September 12, 2018

Liverpool head-coach Jurgen Klopp is likely to see his ambitions of bringing long-term target and Polish international midfielder Piotr Zielinski to Anfield officially ended amid claims the player is poised sign a long-term contract.

Tottenham, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal have all been linked with summer moves for the 24-year-old playmaker whose contract expires in Naples back in 2021.

However, the interest has come from the Reds, with the Polish star one of the first names Jurgen Klopp added to his shopping list since joining Liverpool back in October of 2015.

And with Jurgen Klopp having tracked his progress since, any hopes of bringing the ex-Udinese man to Liverpool will officially end when he signs a new long-term contract that will set his exit release clause at an eye-watering €150million (£134m).

Italian publication Il Mattino claimed that Zielinski will sign a deal until 2023, with the mammoth release clause included to put off any potential suitors.

And it may lead German manager with quite the sense of regret with the Reds had a chance to sign Polish star for £13million fee he commanded when moving to Serie A giants Napoli.

Speaking about the Merseyside Reds January 2016 interest, Zielinski told Polish outlet Przegląd Sportowy: “Everyone said: ‘Great offer, Klopp wants you, it’s a fairytale in terms of finances’. All fine, but I wasn’t convinced.

“I was driving my car and I said to my girlfriend: ‘No, red light, I’m not leaving’. I felt great in Empoli, I didn’t want to leave the lads when we were battling for the European places.

“My head was a mess. Liverpool finally got a plane and I met with Jürgen Klopp. He said he wanted me in his team. I saw a different world and after returning my head was even a bigger mess.”