Leeds United and Liverpool will need to pay ‘a lot’ of money if they are serious about signing Rodrigo de Paul in the summer transfer window, Udinese director Pierpaolo Marino told Marte Sport Live.
With La Zebrette set for another mid-table finish in Serie A, how much longer can they realistically hope to hold on to a player with admirers at some of the biggest clubs in Italy and abroad?
Juventus, Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with De Paul since the turn of the year, while Liverpool are apparently willing to pay £26 million for a winger-turned-central-midfielder who would add some much-needed drive, energy and skill at the heart of a spluttering engine room (TuttoUdinese).
According to the Sun, Leeds are also weighing up a bid for a man they followed closely in the summer of 2020.
But, after shattering their transfer record to bring Rodrigo Moreno to Elland Road, is Andrea Radrizzani willing to invest an even bigger fee in another former Valencia ace?
“How much money does it take to sign Rodrigo De Paul? A lot,” Marino said, via AreaNapoli.
“We are not thinking about selling him, for the moment. It’s not a problem for us.”
The Sun claim that Udinese will demand £40 million for the Argentina international, a player whose high-octane, high-energy style makes him the perfect fit for a Marcelo Bielsa or Jurgen Klopp team.
“Lionel Messi tells me that all our opponents hate me,” the 26-year-old told Marca in February.
“At Udinese, I have a lot of offensive responsibility and, in the Argentina national team, I assume a different role because we have many players in the attacking zone.
“I consider myself an intelligent footballer who can adapt to anything.”