Liverpool’s long-standing pursuit of Polish international Piotr Zielinski has been the rumour that never went away so far this Summer. Despite repeated reports of Udinese rejecting the club’s offers – in one case for a move to their Italian rivals Napoli – the story never quite went away but latest reports appear to be the final nail in this particular coffin.
The Reds are now widely reported to have removed themselves from the race, but this leaves the door open for Zielinski to join AC Milan as opposed to the former favourite for his signature, Napoli.
Goal.com is reporting that Liverpool have been left exacerbated by the difficulty in executing effective negotiations with Udinese and so have ultimately decided to lay their pursuit to rest. This should allow manager Jurgen Klopp to focus his time acquiring a midfielder that fits his needs rather continuing the pursuit of the Polish international which, if we’re frank, appeared doomed from the get-go.
In any case, Klopp appears intent on building a cohesive team structure at Anfield rather than simply pursuing the biggest names in world football that he can get his hands on. Such a strategy is certainly alien to that being pursued by the Chelsea and the Manchester clubs, but given his managerial record it’s hard to doubt anything Klopp does.
Speaking in recent days, he said:
“They only think Manchester United have taken this player or Manchester City have taken this player and we have taken ‘what is the name?’ and that is it. This moment for us it is about creating and building a team for next year. We have to prove our thoughts about the team work.”
According to reports in Italy on Sunday, however, the Reds boss is already considering alternatives and has been linked with Inter Milan box-to-box midfielder Marcelo Brozovic. The Croatian international has already been linked with Arsenal though and his potential fee is mooted to be about £21 million.
Colm Egan, Pundit Arena