Liverpool are interested in signing Udinese midfielder Rodrigo De Paul, according to reports. If the Reds are to land the 19-time Argentina international, it will take a €40 million fee to do so.
This comes from Corriere dello Sport (print edition, page 25, Friday, January 15 2021). They believe Jurgen Klopp is ready to rival Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United for the signature of the highly-rated 26-year-old.
Udinese are reluctant to let him go cheaply, however, and are prepared to hold out for a hefty sum as was made clear by the Serie A outfit’s vice president, Stefano Campoccia earlier this week.
“De Paul is a talented player and a point of reference for our team,” he said.
“He is a jewel and the jewels cost. The proposals did not meet our requests, for less than €40m he does not move.”
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Inter Milan and Juventus have also been touted with an interest in the former Valencia star, who has clocked up 157 appearances in the Italian top-flight since his move from Spain in 2016.
This season, De Paul has scored three goals and boasts three assists. His club side are currently 15th in the Serie A standings.
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While De Paul is certainly an exciting prospect, it seems unlikely Liverpool would invest so heavily in a position they are already sufficiently stocked in.
Despite Gini Wijnaldum’s reportedly inevitable exit, the Reds don’t need to break the bank for a like-for-like replacement.
After all, Liverpool recently bought Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich to give Klopp’s midfield an added projection of quality and unpredictability.
With that said, De Paul isn’t at the required standard to break into Liverpool’s starting XI. The likes of Jordan Henderson, Thiago and Fabinho would all be higher in the pecking order even if the Argentine midfielder were to sign.
Therefore, it is difficult to see such a transfer saga materialise into anything serious, especially when there are other positions within the squad in more urgent need of reinforcements.
Liverpool will certainly prioritise adding another centre-back as well as an additional forward if one of Klopp’s pedigreed front-three members were to leave in the summer.