Sporting director: This is the state of play in advanced Liverpool transfer pursuit
By Dominic Toner
Liverpool have been told to up their bid to land long-term transfer target Pitor Zielinski, according to a report.
The Udinese midfielder has been on the Merseyside club’s radar for some time following extensive talks with the player.
But Udinese sporting director Norea Bonato has insisted his player should move to Napoli instead as they are the only club who have agreed the structure of a deal.
He told the Liverpool Echo: “There has been an agreement for Zielinski with Napoli for some time, but the guy took his time, as he had to play at the Euros.
“Perhaps now is the right time to make his decision. Liverpool did not make a real offer, and if the English team does not come out of the closes, the boy eventually will understand the situation and will decide his future based on his offers.”
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Liverpool had a reported bid of £11.75million rebuffed for the player last month but Napoli have made an offer that satisfies the demands of their fellow Serie A club.
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 finalists 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.
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