Fabrizio Romano has countered reports claiming Liverpool wanted Rodrigo De Paul. The Reds appear to have their interest elsewhere.
There doesn’t seem to be anything in reports that Liverpool want Rodrigo De Paul. Talk that the Reds wanted him surfaced this week, prompting a fan to ask Fabrizio Romano about the situation.
But the journalist was clear with his response – there’s nothing to report.
“There’s nothing between Rodrigo de Paul and Liverpool, as of today,” he wrote on Twitter. “Udinese always asked €35/40m [up to £35m] to sell him.”
What RTK has to say
This shouldn’t shock anyone. We have next to no idea why Liverpool would move for a 26-year-old attacking midfielder valued over £30m.
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For one thing, the midfield is packed. Liverpool currently have Fabinho, Thiago, Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Curtis Jones in their squad.
They’ve used Roberto Firmino and Takumi Minamino in midfield roles, too.
The only way we could see a midfielder arriving is at the end of the season as a replacement for Wijnaldum, who could leave after his contract expires.
But even then, we’d imagine Liverpool would want someone younger. De Paul will be 27 at the end of the season – a strange age for a new backup player.
So no, this one never really made sense to us.
Sticking with Romano, though, he did recently link Liverpool with a different midfielder – Renato Sanches. Speaking on his ‘Here we Go’ podcast, he said that the Reds were in line to move for him this summer.
Now that one makes more sense. Sanches is more box-to-box than De Paul, offering a better replacement for Wijnaldum.
And, importantly, he’s three-and-a-half years younger than the Argentine. That’s far more in line with what we expect from Liverpool going froward.