President: Champions League winners join three-horse race for reported Liverpool priority
By Harvey Byrne
Liverpool target Piotr Zielinski is also wanted by AC Milan, claims the Udinese president.
The Reds have reportedly had an offer of £11.75million for the Poland international rejected by Udinese and Giampaolo Pozzo says Milan have entered the race.
It is understood that the Anfield club are deciding whether to improve their £11.75million offer after it was rejected by the Polish winger’s current club.
It is believed that the English giants feel this is a fair price for the Poland international and that they may end their interest because of Udinese’s tough stance.
It is claimed that Udinese would prefer to sell Zielinski to Napoli, but the midfielder is said to be keen on a move to Anfield.
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Now Udinese president Giampaolo Pozzo is claiming that Milan have entered the race for the 22-year-old.
“Zielinski has attracted the interest of many clubs, including Milan,” said Pozzo to the Mirror.
“I can say no more. We had an agreement with Napoli, but they failed to find an agreement with the player.
“We have to see how things will develop in the future. What’s for sure is that each party must be satisfied before closing the deal.”
It appears Jurgen Klopp’s side will have to negotiate a deal quickly if they are to secure the 22-year-old now that he has returned from Poland’s exit from Euro 2016 at the hands of the eventual winners Portugal.
The midfielder has spent the last two seasons on loan at Empoli and scored five goals and provided four assists in his 35 league apperances in 2015-16.
Klopp has already been busy in the transfer window securing Sadio Mane, Joel Matip, Loris Karius and Marko Grujic whose £5million transfer was agreed in January.
In other Liverpool news, the Reds have handed Danny Ward a new five-year-deal before he joins Huddersfield on a season-long loan.