Atletico Madrid’s signing of Udinese star Rodrigo de Paul is “100% done” according to reports.
The Argentinian midfielder had been strongly linked to Liverpool as a replacement for Gini Wijnaldum.
He had a sensational season in Serie A in 2020/21, with nine goals and nine assists from central midfield.
However, Liverpool will not be looking elsewhere as de Paul is signing for La Liga champions Atletico Madrid.
Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that the deal is complete. De Paul will be announced as an Atleti player later this month.
He will have his medical after the Copa America and will sign a contract until 2026.
De Paul to Atletico means Liverpool will look elsewhere
Liverpool probably did not push too hard to sign de Paul this summer. Despite reported interest, there did not seem to be any formal bid made.
The club are likely to sign someone, considering Wijnaldum’s departure.
The Reds undoubtedly would have had a good look at de Paul. We are sure that Michael Edwards would have assessed his numbers and got a quote for him.
As well as his goal contribution numbers, he puts up excellent underlying stats.
He is currently starring for Argentina at the Copa America. He scored in their quarter-final victory over Ecuador last night.
The only issue would have been his age. De Paul is 27, so Liverpool will have wanted someone a few years younger.
We have no doubt that he will have great success under Diego Simeone in La Liga.
Liverpool, meanwhile, will have to turn their attention elsewhere in their hunt for a new midfield star.
The likes of Renato Sanches would be a sensible target going forward.