According to Corriere dello Sport (print edition, page 25, Friday, January 15, 2021), Liverpool are interested in signing Rodrigo De Paul from Udinese.
It has been reported by the Italian publication that Liverpool are looking at De Paul as a potential replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
The report has claimed that a transfer fee of €40 million (£35.58 million) may not be enough for the defending Premier League champions to secure the services of the Argentina international, who can operate as an attacking midfielder or as a winger.
Competition from Leeds United
De Paul is a very good and well-established attacking player who was linked with Leeds United in the summer of 2020.
Rodrigo De Paul Stats
De Paul has scored three goals and provided one assist in 16 Serie A appearances for Udinese so far this season, according to WhoScored.
During the 2019-20 campaign, the Argentine made 33 starts and one substitute appearance in the league, scoring seven goals and providing six assists in the process, according to WhoScored.
De Paul is rated very highly by Udinese. Vice-president Stefano Campoccia recently raved about him, as covered by HITC Sport here.
Padova Sport quoted Campoccia as saying about De Paul earlier this month: “He is a jewel and the jewels cost. The proposals (for De Paul) did not meet our requests – for less than €40 million (£35.58 million) he does not move.
“De Paul is an important player. He is a player who has shown his great value and I am convinced that he will prove it again in the black and white jersey.”