Chelsea have been dealt a major blow in their bid to sign Piotr Zielinski from Napoli after failing to meet his release clause this summer.
The Polish attacker was one of Maurizio Sarri’s trusted midfielders during his time as manager of the Naples side, and he has started this season very well as well.
Sarri attempted to sign him when he was made the new Chelsea manager, however, Napoli demanded that his £59 million release clause be paid in full. The Blues and his other suitors believed that fee was too much for him at the time.
Any club hoping to sign him now, faces paying even more for his signature. According to Talksport, Napoli are planning to offer him a new deal that would make him one of the club’s highest earners, and even more crucially would raise his present release clause to £100 million.
It is unclear if Zielinski who saw his move to Liverpool two seasons ago hijacked by Napoli would commit his future to the Carlo Ancelotti led side, or hold out for the next transfer so he can get a bargain move to one of the Premier League’s top clubs.