English Premiership

Napoli beat Liverpool to Zielinski signing

2016-08-05 12:08
Piotr Zielinski (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Napoli have fended off reported interest from Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool after clinching the signature of Udinese midfielder Piotr Zielinski for an undisclosed fee.

The 22-year-old, who had been rumoured to be heading for Anfield for much of the off-season, was pictured wearing a Napoli scarf upon his arrival at the airport on Thursday, ahead of undergoing a medical in Naples.

And the move has now been officially confirmed by Napoli, who posted the news on their official website, although they did not disclose the length of the player's contract.

Zielinski, who was a member of the Poland team that lost out to eventual winners Portugal at the 2016 European Championship in France, spent the last two seasons on loan at Empoli, making 63 appearances and scoring three goals.

He broke into Udinese's first team in 2012 and went on to make a further 18 appearances, before linking up with fellow Serie A outfit Empoli.

The midfielder will link up with compatriot and fellow new signing Arkadiusz Milik at Stadio San Paolo, while he will also be welcomed by another familiar face in the shape of former defender Lorenzo Tonelli.

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