Manchester City transfer: Champions desperately want Napoli star
Manchester City are set to enter the race to sign Piotr Zielinski, alongside Premier League rivals Arsenal, according to Tuttosport. The 27-year-old recently played for Poland at Euro 2020.
City are on the lookout for some new recruits. Zielinski is now seemingly a target, with Pep Guardiola the most insistent of the interested parties.
The Poland international enjoyed a sparking 2020/21 campaign. He scored 10 goals and claimed 13 assists, playing as a number 10 for Napoli.
That form has alerted clubs towards his availability. Although he has three years left on his current deal, the Naples-based club are open to selling him this summer.
Zielinski boasts a decent amount of pace and is a physical presence in the space behind a striker. At 27, he should really be approaching the prime of his career now too.
Napoli are notoriously tough negotiators when it comes to transfers. With that in mind, City can expect to fork out a sizeable transfer fee for the player.
In 2018, it was claimed that he might be valued in the region of £58 million. Given his form since then, the Serie A outfit might demand even more now.
City can complete shrewd signing with Zielinski capture
It’s very rare the Citizens get things wrong in the transfer market and this signing has the potential to be another masterstroke.
The Polish performer has grown at Napoli and his work rate would make him a solid addition to the ranks at the Etihad Stadium.
Guardiola will want to finally crack the code when it comes to the Champions League next season. Zielinski is a player who boasts experience in that competition and he could thrive among better players.
City’s interest will be a blow to Arsenal, but realistically they won’t afford him anyway. A sizeable transfer fee and a current wage in the region of £115,000-a-week would make the package tricky for the Gunners.
As a result, that could leave City with a clear run at signing the Polish performer.