Piotr Zielinski has entered the final six months of his Napoli contract, so other teams can start negotiating with his camp, although it might not be much of a race, as Inter are the clear frontrunners to add him for free, Corriere dello Sport informs (via Goal).
The informal conversations in recent weeks have led to an agreement in principle. The Nerazzurri moved early to prevent a bidding war that could have potentially involved RB Leipzig, West Ham, and Juventus. They are wary of a possible last-ditch effort by the Partenopei, but their negotiation with his agent Bart Bolek has gone haywire in the last few months. Perhaps the paltry season has convinced the Pole to look elsewhere.
Inter and the Zielinski camp are on the verge of concurring to a three-year contract with an option. His wages would be €4.5M annually plus add-ons and a signing bonus. His salary will de facto exceed what he’s making currently, €5M.
The midfielder turned down €12M per year from Saudi Arabia to stay put last summer. Despite the early optimism, the renewal talks never kicked into high gear.
Our Take on Zielinski and Inter
At this point, it’d be a surprise if he didn’t wind up there, and it’ll be a coup since he’ll likely just reinforce their midfield and not replace somebody. The Azzurri reportedly wanted him to slash his salary before the whole Saudi ordeal, so it’s not hard to figure out why the break-up might be happening.
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