Liverpool are in negotiations with Udinese midfielder Rodrigo De Paul as they look for a replacement for Gini Wijnaldum, claims a report.
Wijnaldum’s future at Anfield has been shrouded in doubt since the summer. Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman admitted his interest in the player and the Catalans are said to be confident of getting a deal done.
Wijnaldum is out of contract in the summer and talks over a new deal at Anfield have not gone smoothly. In fact Todofijaches, via the Daily Mirror, claimed Wijnaldum had rejected their latest proposal.
They claimed the champions’ latest offer had ‘fallen short of the mark’ and has left him disappointed.
It appears that Jurgen Klopp has taken that on board and has been working on a replacement.
The price tag on De Paul is rumoured to be around €35m and that may well be signed off by Reds chief Michael Edwards.
De Paul, who recently tempted his fans with the tweet: “New Year, New (sic) challenges. I’m ready,” seemingly favours a loan option with an option to purchase later.
Leeds interest in De Paul
The Sun claimed Liverpool were interested in De Paul before Christmas and that Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa is in two minds whether to bid in January or wait until the end of the season.
De Paul was a major target for Leeds ahead of their return to the Premier League earlier this year. They were prepared to break their transfer record for the Argentine.
However, despite hints from De Paul that he wanted the move, nothing went through.
De Paul has had a good start to Serie A with three goals and two assists from 16 games. And his recent tweet suggests things might well be going on in the background.