Empoli president Fabrizio Corsi has revealed how close Liverpool were to signing Piotr Zielinski.
The Poland international ended up signing for Napoli in the Summer of 2016 after a lot of speculation that Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was going to get a deal over the line to bring him to Anfield.
Zielinski was even photographed wearing a Liverpool shirt before completing a move from Udinese to Napoli, after spending the 2015/16 season on loan at Empoli.
And Corsi has revealed just how close Liverpool were to getting a transfer completed – before switching attention to Holland international Georginio Wijnaldum, who arrived from Newcastle United that Summer.
“When he came to Naples, he had that option, but they did really well to convince him.” he told Radio Kiss Kiss.
“I have a few regrets regarding him. He was decisive for us, but I didn’t ask for a ransom.
“I was working with Udinese’s interests in mind, who then had an agreement with Naples.
“It’s hard to deal with Giampaolo Pozzo. For me, he’s the best.” he added.
Zielinski has previously admitted that he was close to agreeing to a move to Anfield
“My head was a mess. Liverpool finally got a plane and I met with Jurgen Klopp.” he said.
“He said he wanted me in his team. I saw a different world and after returning my head was an even bigger mess.
“I knew that Liverpool wanted me badly and I knew they would return to the talks as I got that promise in January.
“It didn’t work out for them with Udinese at the end.” he finished.
Many Liverpool supporters will be sad to hear that the deal was so close to being done, while others will be happy that it meant Wijnaldum arrived at Anfield instead.