Liverpool’s attempts to sign Udinese midfielder Piotr Zielinski suffered a blow after Udinese rejected their £9.2m for the Poland international.
Zielinski has been the subject of interest from Reds boss Jurgen Klopp since January and has been determined to bring him to Anfield.
The Daily Mail reports that the Merseysiders believed that the fee would be enough to seal a deal with Italian side Udinese, however their bid has been controversially turned down.
Liverpool have had a £9.2m bid for Piotr Zielinski rejected by Udinese. #lfc (Dominic King)
— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) July 2, 2016
Questions have been asked following Udinese’s decision to reject Liverpool’s offer, due to the fact it was identical to the accepted package that fellow Italian side Napoli put forward for Zielinski, who has two-years left on his deal with his current side.
In what is Klopp’s first off-season in charge of the Merseyside club, the German manager will look to enhance the ‘geggenpressing’ style of play that he adheres to, on his playing squad at Liverpool’s training base.
A high pressing tactic, Zielinski is a player who is well suited to such a high energy style of play. His work off the ball is admirable, while his statistics in offensive areas make him a promising target.
The 22-year-old, who has spent the two previous seasons on loan at Empoli, was involved in nine goals in the 2015/16 season netting five, and laying on a further four from midfield.
Having recently bowed out of international duty with Poland at Euro 2016, it is a move that would appear suited to both parties if it can be completed, following reports that Zielinski is interested in a move to the Premier League side.
The Napoli president has even stated that rumours between the Polish international and the Italian side have halted due to Zielinski’s desire to call Anfield home.
Following Udinese’s defiant decision to turn down Liverpool’s offer, it would appear that Zielinski will be going nowhere and remain a Udinese player.