Liverpool are interested in signing Udinese midfielder Rodrigo De Paul, according to reports. The 19-time Argentina international has been valued at €40 million.
This claim comes from Corriere dello Sport (print edition, page 25, Friday, January 15 2021). They believe Jurgen Klopp is intent to make a move for the versatile Serie A skipper, who is also being tracked by Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United.
However, there doesn’t appear to be anything to warrant serious cause for Liverpool to move for De Paul. Fabrizio Romano countered such notions, after all.
The reputable journalist and transfer guru was quick to diminish such an interest between Liverpool and the former Valencia star.
Here are three reasons, why we too, believe De Paul is of little interest to Liverpool.
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It certainly is a footballing cliche, but age is an important case and point why a move for De Paul doesn’t make sense from Liverpool’s point-of-view.
For one, the Udinese skipper will be 27 come to the start of next season. This wouldn’t be too bad under normal circumstances, however, Liverpool require a younger long-term option.
Jordan Henderson, Thiago Alcantara, Georginio Wijnaldum, Xherdan Shaqiri and James Milner will all be 30 in 2021/22, after all. Signing someone of a similar age, then, is unlikely.
Need and available don’t match up
At €40m, Udinese are commanding a substantial price for their prized midfielder. They have every right to protect one of their most valuable assets, too.
However, the prospect of Liverpool investing so much money into an attacking midfielder would be irresponsible, to say the least.
For one, Klopp’s midfield is already bolstered to the brim. Liverpool currently have eight midfielders on their books, after all, not to mention the likes of Marko Grujic and Harry Wilson will also return soon.
With that said, it makes little sense for Liverpool to heavily invest in another midfielder, even if Wijnaldum were to leave.
Thiago was signed from Bayern Munich with a long-term view to replace Wijnaldum, too.
Also, it’s unlikely De Paul would make Klopp’s starting XI ahead of Henderson, Thiago and Fabinho which again limits the need to sign another midfield option.
More pressing areas
Liverpool have more pressing matters in defence and attack, after all, midfield should be very low in Klopp’s business dealings this summer.
The Reds are still yet to identify a defensive solution following the absence of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez. That will surely take precedence over another midfield addition.
Also, Liverpool’s front three will be another year older, too. The likelihood of one of them leaving increases every summer.
With that said, the Reds could have to prioritise funds to sign an adequate replacement should either Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane or Roberto Firmino leave.
Top-of-the-range targets such as Kylian Mbappe, Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland do not come cheaply, after all.
So, Liverpool, then, will not be making a move for De Paul anytime soon. This shouldn’t shock too many people. The cons certainly outweigh the pros in this particular situation.