Zielinski Rebuffs Saudi Advances to Haggle with Napoli

Piotr Zielinski won’t be lured by the Saudi sirens, at least for the time being, as he’d like to stay at Napoli. He’ll try to come to an understanding with the brass, which wants the players entering the final year of their contracts to either leave or re-up.

According to Corriere della Sport, the Pole would prefer the latter, but the negotiation has been very challenging so far. The Partenopei want him to reduce his €4.8M wages. His agent Bartlomiej Bolek will soon visit their pre-season retreat in Dimaro.

Zielinski has turned down an offer from Al-Ahli to explore the conversations for Napoli further. He was offered a three-year contract with a €12M salary. The Saudi suitors won’t give up and will continue to track him in the coming weeks. He has also been linked to a move to Lazio, but his price tag is robust despite the situation.

The Azzurri have been tipped to sell Diego Demme, but his transfer to Hertha Berlin is stalling. They asked for €6M, and the German club refused.

Our Take on Zielinski and Napoli

He’s been vocal about continuing in Campania despite a short-term deal and the outside interest. A permanence even without an extension, as Lorenzo Insigne did, wouldn’t be an outlandish outcome, but Aurelio De Laurentiis doesn’t seem in the mood for that at this stage.

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