Reds' Pizarro interest confirmed
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 23-year-old was a revelation for the Serie A outfit last term, and proved one of the club's most consistent performers as they claimed a creditable sixth place finish.
The South American netted seven times in 31 appearances for the Stadio Friuli outfit, and his displays attracted interest both in Italy and abroad.
Udinese recently claimed that they intend to try and hold on to their prized asset but, with interest seemingly increasing daily, could be forced to sell should a substantial offer arrive.
Juventus, Lazio and Parma have all been linked with the player for some time, but now Udinese director of sport Pierpaolo Marino has admitted that Liverpool are also in the hunt for Pizarro.
"As for Pizarro, something will be decided in July," said Marino.
"Juve, Lazio Parma and Liverpool are the teams who want him, but anyway things will be unblocked in July."
Pizarro himself has confessed he is unsure over his future, but has not ruled out the possibility of staying in Udine to lead the club in next season's Uefa Cup.
"I could stay at Udinese where we have not to forget next season we'll have to face the Uefa Cup," said the Chile international.
Meanwhile, Marino was quick to deny reports that goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis would be leaving, despite a big money offer from Arsenal.
"Our keepers won't leave, either De Sanctis or Bonaiuti or Renard," he asserted.