Serie A runners-up Napoli are planning to hand Piotr Zielinski a significantly improved contract amidst interest from Arsenal and other Premier League clubs, according to Tuttosport via TeamTalk.
Arsenal strengthed their ranks during the summer ahead of Unai Emery’s first season in charge at the Emirates Stadium but the Gunners were linked with a host of other players during the summer, although moves did not materialise.
One of those, according to TeamTalk, was Napoli’s Piotr Zielinski and Arsenal may face an increased battle if they revive interest in the Poland international as the Italian side are set to hand him a lucrative new contract, according to Tuttosport via TeamTalk.
Arsenal, along with Chelsea and Liverpool, were attributed with an interest in the 24-year-old and were said to have made enquiries with Napoli regarding a deal – although none of the Premier League trio were prepared to match his €65m release clause.
The chances of a deal occurring in the future now look to be extremely slim as the report adds a new deal, tying Zielinski down until 2023, will raise that clause to €90m.
With Aaron Ramsey’s future far from resolved and contract talks with the 27-year-old Wales international showing no signs of reaching a conclusion anytime soon, Arsenal should be eyeing potential replacements in the market.
24-year-old Zielinski would be a solid successor to Ramsey in the heart of the Gunners midfield and, at three years younger than Arsenal’s current number eight, would stand as a long-term candidate to feature in midfield.
The excelling attacking midfielder could be the perfect fit for Arsenal’s 4-2-3-1 formation under Emery, playing just behind the striker, and could also be the stand-out replacement for Mesut Ozil – and fans will love his capability in front of goal.
Zielinski caught the eye in a thrilling 3-2 victory over AC Milan at the weekend, sparking Napoli’s comeback by netting a brace and taking his overall tally in Serie A to 11 goals in 74 appearances.