By Harvey Byrne

Liverpool are going head-to-head with Italian giants Napoli in a race to sign Ante Coric, Hector Herrera and Piotr Zielinski.

It is reported that the Italian are working on deals to sign the three midfielders, who have also been linked with the Anfield club.

The Merseysiders have been strongly linked with a move for Zielinski, but their most recent bid was rejected despite reportedly meeting the club’s asking price.

It was understood that Napoli had hijacked the deal in a bid to persuade the 22-year-old to remain in Italy, but nothing has been confirmed yet and in the latest development of the transfer saga, Zielinski now seems closer to moving to Liverpool again, reported by Sky Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio on his website.

It is also believed that Liverpool are Napoli’s main competition for Porto’s Hector Herrera, but the Reds are yet to enter into any meaningful negotiations for the player.

It is said that Napoli have approached Porto again in the past few hours and that the Italians are trying to reach a swift settlement, but Porto’s imminent sale of Brahimi to Zenit St Petersburg could raise Herrera’s price tag.

It is claimed that if either club want to sign the Mexico international Herrera then they would have to pay out £25-26million.

Meanwhile, Liverpool’s £15million bid for Croatia’s Ante Coric has also seen the club from Naples react.

It is claimed by the Daily Mail that Napoli have also made enquiries for the young midfielder and that the two clubs are continuing to compete with each other in regards to transfers this summer.

Both clubs are reportedly prioritizing midfielders during this window and it could be a long summer for the two sides as they look to battle against each other in an effort to secure the signings of their targets.

In other Liverpool news, the Reds have approached representatives of Moussa Sissoko.