Napoli Wary of Juventus Menace for Star Midfielder

Juventus are keeping tabs on Piotr Zielinski, who is tied with Napoli only until 2024 and whose extension talks haven’t gained much traction. The Partenopei might lowball the midfielder. Aurelio De Laurentiis is adamant about keeping the wage bill in check.

Per La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Tuttomercatoweb), the Pole currently earns €3.5M per year. The Partenopei could offer him an inferior salary to re-up. The move could easily lead to his departure. The club didn’t budge to the demands of Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens, and Kalidou Koulibaly last summer.

Juventus plot to make a splash in the midfield in the next transfer market window and Zielinski is one of the names on their radar. They’ll likely lose Adrien Rabiot, and Weston McKennie has been available for multiple sessions.

The Polish international has been linked to Liverpool in the past. The Partenopei would seek a foreign buyer if they failed to strike a deal. He has logged 7 goals and 7 assists in 29 appearances this season.

Our Take on Zielinski, Napoli, and Juventus

There isn’t as much noise on this matter as for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Nicolò Zaniolo, but it’s one to keep an eye on given what happened in the recent past. The Azzurri are unlikely to hand out a big contract to anybody at this point. Considering their current success and how brilliantly their retooled last summer, they probably think there’s nobody they can’t replace for less money. But the chances of him ending up in Turin are extremely slim since they have often refused to negotiate with their rivals.

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