Liverpool are reportedly targeting Udinese’s Argentine star, Rodrigo De Paul, as a possible replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum, according to the latest reports in Italy.
Wijnaldum is yet to sign a fresh contract with the Premier League champions and could depart Anfield at the end of the campaign if he fails to reach a new agreement.
The Reds are lining up replacements for the Dutchman, who has established himself as an important part of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield.
According to a recent report by Corriere dello Sport, De Paul is on the Reds’ radar with Jurgen Klopp a huge admirer of the South American midfielder.
However, Udinese are calling for at least a €40 million (£35.5 million) fee for the 26-year-old.
‘De Paul is a talented player and a point of reference for our team,’ Udinese’s vice-president Stefano Campoccia said earlier in January.
‘He is a jewel and the jewels cost. The proposals did not meet our requests, for less than €40m he does not move.’
Leeds United have also been mentioned with a move for Rodrigo, while reports in Italy this month have stated that the Serie A title-chasers Inter Milan are willing to offer a €25 million fee (£22.2 million) for the midfielder.
In other news, Bayern Munich could allegedly rival Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur for the services of Real Madrid centre-back Eder Militao during the January transfer market.
The 22-year-old Brazilian has largely struggled to impress for the Galacticos since arriving from Porto two seasons ago, and the star has only made three appearances across all competitions this term.