Udinese Sporting Director Nereo Bonato has claimed Liverpool have not submitted a bid for Polish midfielder Piotr Zielinski.
Bonato is quoted by Inside Futbol saying Liverpool have ‘made contact’ with Udinese regarding their interest in the the 22-year-old, but an official offer has yet to be made.
Udinese’s Sporting Director claims the club have already reached an agreement with Napoli for the player, but Zielinski is holding out to see if Liverpool make an offer.
“The agreement with Napoli has been there for some time but the boy was taking a bit of time,” says Bonato.
“At this moment the boy and his agent need to sense where they stand as this is a crucial step. Liverpool have had a chat with us but there’s no real prospect for the player.
“If the boy understands that the interest from Liverpool is low, he could then decide to turn towards those who really want him.”
Bonato’s words contradict claims from several mainstream Liverpool reporters who last week reported that Liverpool had had a £12 million offer rejected.
Zielinski enjoyed a successful loan spell at Empoli over the last two seasons and has attracted the attention of several clubs, including AC Milan. His contract with Udinese expires in two years but it’s likely he’ll leave this summer.
It’s believed the midfielder prefers a move to Anfield but Napoli’s efforts seem to have been more insistent and it’s therefore possible he could make the switch to the San Paolo rather than Anfield.
After time away at the European Championships with Poland, the midfielder could be forgiven for taking his time over the decision but Bonato admitted he believes it’s time Zielinski made a decision on his future.