Zielinski Rebuffs Al-Alhi Transfer for a Second Time

Piotr Zielinski is poised to stay put at Napoli after turning down a new offer from Saudi Arabia. The midfielder had the same stance a couple of weeks ago, but the new advances from Al-Alhi made him have second thoughts.

According to La Repubblica, the decision appears to be definitive this time around. His family doesn’t want to leave Naples. Therefore, the negotiation to extend his contract, which expires in 2024, will reprise. The Azzurri wanted him to take a pay cut.

Per SportMediaset, the latest offer from Al-Ahli amounted to €35M. The Scudetto holders were keen on taking it. Instead, the veteran would have gotten a three-year, €36M contract. The turn of events shouldn’t affect their pursuit of Gabri Veiga, whom they want regardless, Sportitalia relays.

Napoli put nearly €40M on the table for the Spanish prodigy. It’s the same amount as his release clause, but they don’t want to trigger it since they’d have to pay it on the nail, Corriere dello Sport informs.

Our Take on Zielinski, Al-Alhi, and Napoli

Hopefully, the choice is final, and the back-and-forth was very weird if that’s why he refused. It’ll surely be a lot more difficult for Aurelio De Laurentiis to demand his stars to shave their salaries since he’s about to cover Victor Osimhen with gold.

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