Inter director Beppe Marotta confirms Piotr Zielinski is among the players followed by the Nerazzurri but insists it’s ‘too early’ to make a move.
Zielinski’s contract at the Stadio Maradona expires at the end of the season but Napoli are in talks to extend his stay at the club.
Juventus and Inter have been linked with signing the Poland international on a free transfer in June and Marotta confirms the Nerazzurri have been monitoring the 29-year-old.
“I know his contract expires, but right now, we are not concerned,” the Nerazzurri director told DAZN minutes before the kick-off of Napoli-Inter at the Stadio Maradona on Sunday.
“We monitor players with expiring contracts but it’s too early to intervene directly. He is a talented player and I hope, even for Napoli’s good, that he can reach an agreement with them.”
Zielinski doesn’t start for Napoli against Inter tonight as Walter Mazzarri has picked Elif Elmas to complete a three-man midfield with André Zambo Anguissa and Stanis Lobotka.
The Nerazzurri must win to return to the top of the Serie A table, overtaking Juventus who beat Monza 2-1 on Friday.
Inter picked up an away 3-3 Champions League draw against Benfica on Wednesday, recovering from three goals down. Simone Inzaghi heavily rotated his squad in Portugal midweek, making eight changes, but all Inter regular starters get the nod in Naples tonight, except the injured Alessandro Bastoni and Benjamin Pavard.
“I must say it was an important opportunity for some of the lads who had never made their Champions League debut,” noted Marotta.
“At the same time, the team proved to be authoritative in the second half, collecting a draw from three goals down.”
Will Inter push Napoli out of the title race if they win tonight?
“Absolutely no. Many games are remaining. We are looking for a good result and consistency in terms of performance, these are our targets tonight,” concluded Marotta.