Liverpool are reportedly still tracking Udinese’s key man Rodrigo de Paul amid Jurgen Klopp’s plan to ‘revolutionise’ the midfield this summer.
The 26-year-old has been attracting plenty of attention in European football after becoming an extremely important player at Udinese.
Leeds were strongly linked with a move for the Argentine star last summer, while Inter Milan and Juventus are also understood to be circling.
Reports suggested the REds were eyeing him up in the January transfer market, too, only for that possible transfer to eventually fail to materialise.
Yet according to Tutto Udinese, the Reds are still keeping a close eye on De Paul ahead of the summer transfer window.
Jurgen is said to be interested in revamping his midfield after what has been a disappointing defence of their title in the 2020/21 season, with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City 13 points away at the summit.
Udinese are demanding £35m for the South American, which is only slightly more than the £30m fee Liverpool are allegedly prepared to offer.
If Jurgen sets his sights on a move for Rodrigo in the summer, the two sides will likely be able to reach a compromise over that sum.
De Paul still has over four years remaining on his existing deal, but Udinese sporting director Pasquale Marino has revealed it may be impossible to keep Rodrigo if some of Europe’s biggest teams come calling this summer.
“He has characteristics that many top clubs in Europe are missing,’ Pasquale told Italian broadcaster Radio 24.
“I hope it doesn’t happen, but whoever signs him next summer will raise their team to a different level.”