Romano has ruled out the possibility of a January move but believes that the English champions do retain an interest in the versatile midfielder, as per Que Golazo Podcast.
If Liverpool were to pursue a move, a deal in the summer seems like the most likely scenario. Jurgen Klopp has played down the club’s transfer activity for this month, after all.
With that said, there are a number of complications regarding a potential deal for De Paul. For one, notorious football agent Mino Raiola is looking to take on the Argentine international as a client, which won’t bode too well with Liverpool supporters.
“In this moment Liverpool are not moving to sign De Paul in January, so we can say this is absolutely something that is completely not real,” was Romano’s original outtake regarding Liverpool’s reported interest in De Paul.
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“Next summer we will see because here in Italy we have rumours about Mino Raiola approaching Rodrigo De Paul as possibly his new player, so he is trying to get De Paul as his new player, and when there is Mino Raiola in the air, something big can happen.”
According to Romano, De Paul is also being considered by Leeds United and Inter Milan. Marcelo Bielsa submitted a summer bid for the 19-time Argentina international, after all.
Despite originally playing down Liverpool’s interest in De Paul, Romano has since claimed that the Reds have sent scouts to take a loot at him.
“At the moment for Liverpool there is nothing, they sent their scouts to scout Rodrigo De Paul because we are talking about a good player, also a talented midfielder who always scores here in Serie A, but at the moment he is not a target for January.”
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The prospect of Liverpool making a move for De Paul is certainly an intriguing one.
For one, Liverpool’s need for a midfield addition this summer hinges on the future of Gini Wijnaldum.
Should the Dutchman leave, indeed the need for a like-for-like replacement is increased. However, whether this warrants a cause for the Reds to consider De Paul remains to be seen.
At 26, De Paul is entering into the peak years of his career. With that said, Liverpool could want to pursue a younger target who offers more long-term value or longevity.
The likes of Yves Bissouma and Renato Sanches are among the candidates who have been considered.