Liverpool make £9.5m bid for Udinese's Piotr Zielinski

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Liverpool have launched a £9.5million bid for Udinese midfielder Piotr Zielinski, reports the Guardian.

Jurgen Klopp has been linked with a move for Zielinski ever since he took charge at Anfield in October and appears to have made his first official move.

The report claims that Klopp called the 22-year-old late last week to assure him that he would have an important role to play if he joins them ahead of next season.

Udinese are holding out for £12m for the player and had hoped to use interest from fellow Serie A club Napoli to spark a bidding war. However, it has since been reported that Zielinski has flat-out rejected Napoli in order to wait for the Premier League outfit.

The playmaker is currently on international duty with Poland and any move will have to wait until their involvement in Euro 2016 is over.

Gotze over

But it appears as though Klopp wants the deal done as soon as possible in a move that could well bring an end to their interest in Bayern Munich star Mario Gotze.

Zielinski's preferred role is as a No.10 behind the striker, very similar to that of Gotze. It was reported that Klopp was hoping to reunite with the former Borussia Dortmund man on Merseyside but his continued pursuit of Zielinski suggests otherwise.

Spending spree

Liverpool have already brought three players to the club since Klopp became the manager.  Serbian midfielder Marko Grujic, Cameroonian defender Joel Matip and goalkeeper Loris Karius have signaled the start of a revolution under the German coach, who is likely to make drastic changes to the squad ahead of his first full season in charge.

Meanwhile, Christian Benteke, Mario Balotelli and Martin Skrtel have all been tipped to leave Liverpool after failing to impress him.

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