A story originating from Italian media outlet Corriere dello Mezzogiorno has Arsenal being heavily-linked with activating Napoli’s center midfielder Piotr Zielinski’s £57 million release clause, which would have the Gunners seeing off interest from Liverpool in the Polish international.
A new manager or not, Arsenal now have a structure in place to identify and recruit players without having to rely on a single, powerful voice, and a move for Zielinksi early in the summer transfer window would represent such an operational, fundamental change from the days of Arsene Wenger. Zielinski, a power midfielder who can also play on the wing, would bolster an attacking corp that has helped guide the club to 3rd-most goals scored in the league this summer. Talent aside, whether or not he represents a significant need for Arsenal is up for a valid debate.
Liverpool’s interest stems from the fact that they’re losing Emre Can on a free this summer and, while they’ve previously agreed to a fee for RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita, they still appear in the hunt for more midfielders. Especially since there have been a couple stumbling blocks to Keita’s arrival - blocks that don’t appear completely impeding, but enough to be a pain in their back side,
News came out recently that Arsenal would only have £50 million to spend this summer, so a move for Zielinski would exceed that kitty on its own. There is more to come, both on this front and the transfer budget afforded to the club this summer. But for the meantime, combined with earlier Thomas Lemar rumors, Arsenal don’t appear content with focusing solely on its defensive frailties.