Rodrigo De Paul is ready to make a transfer happen this summer, according to reports. Liverpool supposedly want the midfielder.
This comes from Mundo Deportivo, reporting on Atletico Madrid’s interest. They claim that Rodrigo De Paul is very open to a transfer this summer.
The Argentine believes it’s time to move on from Udinese and make a step up in his career. It’s easy to see why.
De Paul is playing wonderfully this season, with six goals and five assists from midfield. He’s creating comfortably over two chances per game, winning tackles, completing dribbles and just looking like a top player.
He’s also turning 27 next month and is right in his prime. It’s no surprise, then, that De Paul fancies testing himself on a slightly bigger stage.
Liverpool reportedly want the player. TuttoUdinese – of the TuttoMercatoWeb network – has them down as interested.
But the big question may be price. A second report from the same outlet claims £42m – as does the initial Mundo Deportivo report.
That’s certainly not cheap right now.
What RTK has to say
Perhaps that price drops if De Paul really is willing to push for a move. But that’s surely the big hope here.
£42m for a 27-year-old feels a little steep, especially when we think there might be a better alternative on the market. De Paul isn’t an established superstar, after all.
But if Liverpool believe they can get five years out him at the level he’s playing at, then £42m may not seem like that much. Though, there will be next to no sell-on fee.
On the other hand, the willingness to see out Gini Wijnaldum’s contract suggests Liverpool aren’t that big on sell-on fees. It’ll come down to the value they can get from De Paul as a player.
Is that worth £42m over some alternatives? We’re not so sure. But as we say, perhaps his desire to leave can drive the price down a little.
At a smaller fee, De Paul is very tempting.