Inter Milan and Juventus are both ready to go head-to-head to sign out-of-contract Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski next summer.
This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews.
At the moment, Zielinski’s contract with Napoli runs until the end of next June.
The Polish international looked like he could leave the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona during the summer. Saudi Pro League side Al-Ahli had showed a strong interest in his signature.
However, that move to Saudi Arabia never transpired for Zielinski.
The former Udinese and Empoli midfielder instead remained with the Italian champions.
And according to the Gazzetta, Zielinski indicated to his friends that he was keen to remain at Napoli.
Zielinski joined Napoli in the summer of 2016. He has since made over three hundred appearances for the Partenopei.
The Pole has won the Coppa Italia and then last season, the Serie A title with Napoli.
And Zielinski has been a fixture in the starting eleven under several managers.
Maurizio Sarri had introduced Zielinski into the team. Then, the likes of Carlo Ancelotti, Gennaro Gattuso, Luciano Spalletti, and now Rudi Garcia have all been reliant on the Pole.
Inter & Juventus Ready To Go Head-To-Head For Napoli Midfielder Zielinski
But despite Zielinski’s strong connection with Napoli, he has yet to sign a new deal.
The Gazzetta note that there has been an idea of a new contract until the end of June 2026 for the 29-year-old.,
This would see his wages decrease from €3.5 million net per season plus add-ons to €2.5 million net per season.
But as of yet, Zielinski has not put pen to paper.
Therefore, the Gazzetta report, Inter are sensing an opportunity.
The Nerazzurri have made free transfer signings a pillar of their strategy in the market. Particularly with CEO Beppe Marotta at the helm.
But Inter are not the only team with an interest in signing Zielinski.
The Nerazzurri’s Serie A rivals Juventus are also interested in bringing the midfielder in on a free transfer.
And, the Gazzetta adds, the Bianconeri could even make a move for Zielinski during the January transfer window.
With the likes of Nicolo Fagioli and Paulo Pogba the subject of sporting bans, Juventus look fairly likely to try and reinforce in central areas in January,