By Alex Taylor
Liverpool have agreed a deal in principle to sign Piotr Zielinski for £11million from Udinese, according to reports.
Zielinski is part of the Poland squad that qualified for the knockout stages of the tournament following their 1-0 win over Ukraine on Tuesday night.
Football Insider reported that the Merseysiders tabled a £9.5million bid for Zielinski earlier this month but it was rejected by Udinese.
Football Italia now claim that a fee of £11million has been agreed with the Serie A club and the midfielder has also settled personal terms with the Merseysiders.
Napoli are also reportedly interested in making a move for Zielinski but no official bid has been made by the Italian side.
It is said Liverpool manager Klopp has used the personal touch with Zielinski in an attempt to reassure him he will have a key role on Merseyside.
Klopp used a similar tactic to help persuade Marko Grujic to join Liverpool from Red Star Belgrade and the player has subsequently been followed to Anfield by fellow new signings Loris Karius and Joel Matop.
Zielinski was the the star for Empoli during a season-long loan in 2015-16, scoring five goals and adding six assists in 35 Serie A appearances for the club.
The midfielder would provide competition for players who have been criticised of under-performing in recent months.
The Merseyside club will be readying themselves for a busy summer in the transfer market as Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is already eyeing a move for Brazilian left-back Douglas Santos after having a bid for Ben Chilwell rejected.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Sadio Mane could become Jurgen Klopp’s first major signing of the summer in a deal worth a whopping £72.5million.