Napoli have announced the signing of Polish midfielder Piotr Zielinski on for an undisclosed fee widely reported as being around the €15 million mark. The length of the deal has not yet been disclosed.
Zielinski had his medicals this morning and said he is "extremely happy to wear the blue shirt" and that the Partenopei were what he wanted.
The youngster spent the past two seasons on loan at Empoli and recieved many rave reviews in what was one of the most exciting sides in terms of youth talent on show in recent years in Serie A. Last season Zielinski netted five times and set up six, not by any means standout stats but he was a vital cog in Marco Giampaolo's side that finished 11th, defying pre-season expectations of being one of the ones to go down.
Staying at Udinese was simply not an option as various clubs courted the 22-year-old midfielder including Premier League outfit Liverpool, who despite agreeing a fee were eventually knocked back as the zebrette weren't at all happy over the way they approached Zielinski.
Second signing this week
Zielinski is the second arrival at the Stadio San Paolo this week after Napoli announced the capture of compatriot Arkadiusz Milik from Ajax in a bumper deal believed to be around €25 million.
Milik comes in as a direct replacement for Gonzalo Higuain who departed for Juventus and started a war of words between a whole load of different parties as a result. Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis didn't hold back with his comments while Higuain's father and brother ( also his agent ) hit out at the filmmaker in defence. Milik certainly knows where the goal is and the Napoli faithful will be hoping that he can emulate the exploits of Higuain.