Liverpool and Tottenham have both reportedly stepped up their interest in Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski.
Jurgen Klopp intends to beef up his Liverpool squad, as they gear up for Champions League football, providing they win their play-off match first.
A midfielder has been identified as a priority, and Zielinski is a long-standing target.
Tottenham, similarly, are exploring the market for midfield options, with Mauricio Pochettino looking to build on their fabulous campaign last term as they finished runners-up to Chelsea in the Premier League.
And, with Christian Eriksen on Barcelona's radar, the need for an attacking midfielder could be greater for the north London outfit.
Recent reports suggested Real Madrid were considering a move for Zielinski, with Zinedine Zidane an admirer.
But according to Italian paper Il Mattino, Liverpool and Tottenham have both lodged £25million bids for the 23-year-old.
The report says Napoli could reject these bids as the club think he is worth his £61m buyout clause.
Last September, Zielinski admitted he held talks with Klopp before rejecting a move.
He said: “There were days when I was walking out of home, looked into my mobile and I didn’t know what to do.
"I spoke a lot with Konrad Golos and Tomasz Dawidowski – my managers from the agency representing me.
"Everyone said: ‘Great offer, Klopp wants you, it’s a fairytale in terms of finances’. All fine, but I wasn’t convinced.
“I was driving my car and I said to my girlfriend: ‘No, red light, I’m not leaving’.
“I felt great in Empoli, I didn’t want to leave the lads when we were battling for the European places.”
Source: Daily Express
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