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22-year-old alternative puts reported Rodrigo De Paul price to shame

Udinese want a hefty price for Rodrigo De Paul, according to reports. Liverpool have a cheaper, better alternative, however.

This comes from Tutto Udinese of the TuttoMercatWeb network. They claim the current price for Rodrigo De Paul is around £42m.

£35m wouldn’t get him, they say, as the Italians hope for around €50m. And they’ve got reason to.

Both Barcelona and Liverpool supposedly want De Paul and the competition will drive his price up. Udinese don’t really want to sell their captain and star player, after all.

Only a big offer will tempt them and they hope to drive that price right up. But for us, £42m is just a step too far.

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De Paul is in blistering form. He’s got four assists and a goal over his last six games. Even in his latest, where he didn’t provide either, he was electric.

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The Argentine created five chances in the game and won five tackles at a 100% success rate. That’s quite phenomenal, really. No wonder there’s interest.

But £42m is a huge price for a player right now. You have to be completely sure.

And, importantly, there can’t be a better, cheaper alternative. We think there is, though.

Tuttosport recently claimed that Houssem Aouar is available for around £35m. Now, in truth, De Paul might be playing at a higher level right now.

But Aouar is only 22 – four years younger than De Paul. We’ve talked about how great a fit the Frenchman could be before and that still holds true.

For less money and a more long-term investment, Aouar feels like a much more sensible signing. De Paul may be a huge success but we’re just not sure he’s the risk to take right now.

There’s effectively no sell-on value if he doesn’t work out. You’re paying more for that risk, too.

Whereas Aouar can operate as a bridge between the current squad and the next. He shouldn’t enter his prime for another four years and is the kind of player you can build around.

We’re not sure you can say the same for De Paul. He’s a signing for the present, not the future. Aouar could be both.

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