Liverpool are keeping close tabs on Polish star Piotr Zielinski
Blue-eyed boy: Liverpool are monitoring Empoli star Zielinski

By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Liverpool have reignited their pursuit of Udinese midfielder Piotr Zielinski, according to a report.

Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Emanuele Giulianelli has claimed that manager Jurgen Klopp has been in contract with Zielinski to keep the deal alive.

This comes amid reports in Italy that AC Milan were in pole position to land the central midfielder after agreeing a £16million fee with Udinese earlier in the week.

Sky Italy expert Gianluca Di Marzio revealed on his website that Milan were closing in on a deal for the Poland international and the player was ready to begin talks over personal terms.

But transfer expert Giulianelli has claimed on his personal Twitter account that Zielinski still favours a move to Anfield and that there is still a strong possibility he could link up with Klopp.

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Liverpool have already had an offer of £11.75million for the Poland international rejected by Giuseppe Iachini’s side.

The midfielder has spent the last two seasons on loan at Empoli and scored five goals and provided four assists in his 35 league appearances in 2015-16.

It appears that Klopp’s team will have to negotiate a deal quickly if they are to have any hope of securing the youngster now that he has returned from  Euro 2016.

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 transfer news, the Merseysiders attempted to hijack Barcelona’s £16million bid to sign a Paris Saint-Germain defender.