Serie A ace was ‘meant to play for Liverpool’ according to club chief

first_img moving on Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star IN DEMAND LIVING THE DREAM Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Liverpool made serious moves to sign Piotr Zielinski from Udinese in 2016, on the back of his two impressive seasons on loan at Empoli.Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, remains a fan of the 24-year-old Poland midfielder, who now plays for Serie A challengers Napoli. three-way race 2 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LATEST Latest transfer news REVEALED The San Paolo club secured Zielinski’s services in August 2016, after months of speculation linking him with a move to the Reds.Zielinski had starred in his two seasons with Empoli, helping the minnows secure their top flight status, under Maurizio Sarri in 2014/15 and Marco Giampaolo the following campaign.He was regarded as one of the finest young midfielders in the European game around this time, and it is no surprise Liverpool were hoping to take him to Anfield.Zielinski himself has revealed just how much Klopp wanted him on Merseyside that summer, with the pair even holding a meeting as talks between Liverpool and Udinese continued over reaching a deal. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father “I have a few regrets regarding him. He was decisive for us, but I didn’t ask for a ransom. I was working with Udinese’s interests in mind, who then had an agreement with Naples.”In the end Zielinski secured a switch to Naples, where he linked up with his former Empoli boss, Maurizio Sarri. TOP WORK Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? RANKED Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing However, no deal was reached, and Napoli convinced Zielinski that the San Paolo was the best place for him to continue his career.As revealed by Fabrizio Corsi, the Empoli president, to Calciomercato: “He [Zielinski] was meant to play for Liverpool.“When he came to Naples, he had that option, but they did really well to convince him. Zielinski is rated highly throughout European football after some excellent seasons with Napoli 2 Zielinski caught the eye playing for Empoli, on loan from Udinese last_img

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