Arsenal Knock Liverpool into Second Place in Midfielder Chase

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Arsenal are set to knock Liverpool’s recruitment plans out of their stride by triggering the £57m release clause of Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski, according to football.london.

The 23-year-old has long been a target of the Merseyside club, who wanted to sign the Poland international when he left Udinese in 2016.

He opted for Napoli but has made just a dozen starts as Partenopei threw away the Serie A title. His last start for the first XI came in the 4 – 2 win over former club Udinese, in which he registered an assist.

The Gunners are set to part ways with manager Arsene Wenger after tomorrow’s match at Huddersfield and fans are desperate for the club to invest heavily in the squad this summer.

Despite Wenger’s assertions, Arsenal are more than two or three players short of a title challenge and Zielinksi, operating on the opposite flank to Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 27, would pose a formidable attacking threat.

Early reports of a £50m transfer kitty this summer are being dismissed as media speculation, leaked by the club to manage expectations. However, a new boss will want significant funds to solve the problems left behind by the departing Frenchman.

Chief among them is a new goalkeeper and at least one central defender. 32-year-old Laurent Koscielny is out until December and with Shkodran Mustafi, 26, erratic at best, the back four is desperate for a leader if they are to return to the Premier League top four.