Potential Wijnaldum replacement at Liverpool ‘ready to play with anyone’

Rodrigo De Paul

Liverpool and Real Madrid target Rodrigo De Paul insists the sky is the limit for his career amid rumours of a winter move for the Udinese midfielder.

The 26-year-old’s future has occupied many column inches over the past few weeks. A number of top clubs have been linked, with Juventus and Inter also said to be interested.

Leeds United were close to securing a deal for the Argentinian last summer. However, nothing materialised and he remained at Stadio Friuli.

The South American has played every minute of Udinese’s league campaign this term. He has bagged four goals but the Bianconeri are just three places and three points above the Serie A drop zone.

De Paul scored to give Udinese the lead against Sampdoria on Saturday. But goals from Antonio Candreva and Ernesto Torregrossa gave the Blucerchiati all three points.

Liverpool seem in pole position to land the Argentina international.

And, asked about a possible move to Real Madrid, he told Sky Sports: “I set no limits for myself.

“Once you join a national team like Argentina, you feel you are ready to play with anyone. I hope I am going to have a great career and I am working to achieve it.”

Udinese coach Luca Gotti took responsibility for loss at Marassi and refused to blame De Paul.

“It’s not his nor the club’s fault,” he said. “As the team’s ‘captain’, I feel I am the first responsible for this. We put ourselves in this situation and now we have to come our from it.”

Wijnaldum makes his mind up

Liverpool and any other interested club will need to pay €40m to seal De Paul’s signature. And they may be prepared to do that, with rumours that Georginio Wijnaldum will leave next summer.

Georginio Wijnaldum TEAMtalk

The Dutchman will reportedly reject the offer of a new Anfield deal in favour of  a move to Barcelona. The Netherlands international is keen to work with compatriot Ronald Koeman again.

However, the Sunday Mirror claim he would move to the Nou Camp regardless of who was in charge. The Reds want to keep the playmaker but it might be that his mind is already made up.

De Paul is four years his junior and seems supremely confident of his ability to play at a higher level. That is good news for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp but Real’s intentions will be a serious threat.


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