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Liverpool keeping tabs on long-term transfer target Piotr Zielinski amid contract talks

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Zielinski was close to joining Liverpool in 2016 (Picture: Getty)

Liverpool are keeping tabs on Piotr Zielinski after Napoli reportedly hit a road block in contract talks with the midfielder.

It emerged this week Zielinski was on his way to Liverpool before his club Udinese refused to sell the Pole to the Reds in 2016 summer transfer window.

Udinese pushed Zielinski to Napoli instead, but Liverpool have now been given renewed hope they could still sign the playmaker.

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Calciomercato claim Zielinski is concerned with the release clause Napoli want to insert into a new deal.

Zielinskis current contract expires in 2021, and Napoli are eager to tie down the 24-year-old to fresh terms as his influence within the side continues to grow.

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Wages are not an issue, but Zielinski does not want the £57million release clause increased, as Napoli aim to scare off potential suitors.

Napoli want a new release clause for Zielinski (Picture: Getty)

That release clause only applies to foreign clubs and Juventus are already beginning to circle as talks stall.

Napoli want to set Zielinskis exit fee at £114m, but the players team are unhappy with such a high release clause.

Liverpool are monitoring the developing contract negotiations, and could be tempted to move if Zielinski continues to stonewall Napoli.

Klopp met with Zielinski before he joined Napoli (Picture: Getty)
(Picture: Getty)

After a slow start to life in Napoli, Zielinski has become an integral part of the Italian side.

Napoli and Zielinski will hope to challenge for the Serie A title this season, and the midfielder has already chipped in with two league goals.

Liverpool have a host of midfield options to chose from at the club, but Klopp would surely enquire if a long-term target like Zielinski was interested in a move away from Italy.

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