Polish midfielder Piotr Zielinski looks set to make his long-awaited move to Liverpool this week, finalising his switch from Udinese.
Zielinski has spent the past two season on loan with Serie A side Empoli, but with Jurgen Klopp earmarking the 21-year-old as one of his priority targets this summer, is poised to move to the Premier League.
First linked with the Reds at the beginning of January, Zielinski has spent the second half of the season underlining his ambition to sign for the club.
“Some people say these are just the rumours. I know a little bit more about it,” he said in March.
“But until now I just try to play as best as I can in Empoli to have a possible chance in June for such a big transfer move.”
This big move looks set to be completed earlier than June, however, with Polish outlet Przeglad Sportowy reporting that he will sign a contract with Liverpool by Wednesday at the latest.
Talks between the Reds and Zielinski’s representatives are said to have entered a “crucial phase,” with Udinese unlikely to stand in his way.
Negotiations are reportedly set to conclude on Monday, with Zielinski to join Liverpool on Wednesday.
Whether Zielinski’s arrival with be announced on the eve of the Europa League final, with Klopp’s side set to take on Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park on Wednesday night, remains to be seen.
But with the box-to-box midfielder pictured in a Liverpool shirt during an interview with Canal+ this week, a move seem likely in the near future.
Zielinski, who has scored five goals and laid on a further six in 35 league games this season, would add another body to Klopp’s midfield ranks.
Despite being 21, Zielinski has racked up 86 senior appearances between Udinese and Empoli, and is a 13-cap Poland international, set to star at Euro 2016.
Klopp has enjoyed success with Polish players in the past, namely Lukas Piszczek, Jakub Blaszczykowski and Robert Lewandowski at Dortmund—and supporters can hope for another in Zielinski.