Liverpool are ready to bid for Rodrigo De Paul, according to reports. The Reds hope to secure the Argentine this summer.
This comes from Tutto Udinese, part of the TuttoMercatoWeb network. They claim that Liverpool are very interested in Udinese club captain Rodrigo De Paul.
So interested, in fact, that the Reds have an offer lined up of around £26m.
That might not be enough, however, as Udinese want closer to £34m. A sizeable difference but one that could be bridged, as the outlet points out.
Importantly, Internazionale can’t match Liverpool’s financial power here. They’re big admirers of De Paul, too, but the Reds can push them out of the picture.
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What RTK has to say
De Paul turns 27 soon, so he’d be that age by the time Liverpool can get him. How does £34m for that sound, then?
Decent, you’d say. Our major problem with this one is that it won’t address our squad concern. The stars are ageing and we’d like to see a new generation comin.
Diogo Jota ticked that box – he was 23 when he arrived – but De Paul is right in his prime. He’d be a signing for the here and now, rather than the future.
We’d like to see Liverpool move for players who can contribute in a squad role now with the potential to grow into something special. That was the beauty of the Jota signing.
De Paul doesn’t quite offer that – Liverpool would look to replace him in around three or four years. Perhaps they’re happy with that idea and only want one contract with the Argentine.
For us, we’d rather Liverpool invested in younger players right now. That feels like the better way to spend £34m.
We wouldn’t be disappointed with De Paul, of course, but we might question priorities.