9 Feb 2017

Anfield MegaDeal: Liverpool determined to sign 'amazing' £60m attacker who 'met with Klopp' already

It looks like last year's most tedious transfer saga is all set to ramp up again this summer.

For much of the 2015-16 season, Liverpool were heavily linked with a move for Polish international Piotr Zielinski, but the deal - which seemed nailed-on for months - fell through in August when he rejected the Reds to sign for Napoli.

Now, according to Italian newspaper Il Mattino:

* Jurgen Klopp remains a 'big fan' of Zielinski, and is planning another move this summer.

* Zielinski's £60m release clause is allegedly not a problem for Liverpool.

In August Udinese President Fabrizio Corsi revealed that Jurgen Klopp had been 'talking to Zielinski since January", and soon after, Zielinksi told Sportowefakty:

“With Liverpool, there were talks but it didn’t happen, but I’m happy to be at Napoli. [My £60 release clause] is impressive. This means that Napoli expect good games from me".

Soon after, the allegedly 'amazing' Zielinksi went into even more detail about the Liverpool collapse:

"Everyone said: 'Great offer, Klopp wants you, it's a fairytale in terms of finances'. All fine, but I wasn't convinced. I met with Klopp. He said he wanted me in his team, and after returning, my head was even a bigger mess. Liverpool wanted me badly, but it didn't work out."

'I wasn't convinced'. For me, this is the key phrase. Despite flying out to chat with Zielinski, Klopp obviously couldn't persuade the player sign for Liverpool, and Napoli - with the carrot of Champions League football - appeared to be a far more attractive option.

Why will that change after just one year in Italy? Furthermore, the the idea Liverpool will spend £60m on a B grade attacking player (who averages a goal every 521 minutes) is just fantasy of the highest order, especially when it comes to Klopp, who generally has a frugal approach to transfers.

I'm personally glad the Zielinski deal fell through; he is not (IMO) an upgrade on the club's current attacking players, and if he'd signed, he'd probably would've been turned into a midfield water carrier, just like Giorgino Wijnaldum.


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