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.
Liverpool’s Joel Matip has returned to training ahead of his side’s clash with Manchester United on Sunday.
The 29-year-old defender hasn’t featured since suffering a groin injury in the 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion on December 27.
Manager Jurgen Klopp was forced to use a centre-half partnership of Jordan Henderson and Fabinho in the 1-0 defeat to Southampton last week, while youngster Rhys Williams featured at the heart of the Reds’ defence for the 4-1 win against Aston Villa in the FA Cup.
Liverpool are eager to have Joel available for United’s visit to Anfield this week. And the PL champions were handed a huge boost on Friday evening as Matip was involved in the training session.
The English giants are already without Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk, who are both sidelined with long-term injuries.
Speaking on Friday, Jurgen admitted he was hesitant to start Joel against United because of his lack of training time before the match.
‘Joel is close,’ said Jurgen. ‘Does it now make sense to throw him into a game with one or two sessions, which he didn’t do yet, but today and tomorrow he might be involved?
‘To bring him [in], I don’t know. We have to see, we have to decide, we have to look at him and how he will train, how he looks in training and these kind of things, but we have still different solutions.
‘Hendo is very important in midfield for us as well, so we just have to see. It’s not decided yet, why should I?’
Liverpool could launch a move for Lille midfielder, Renato Sanches, with Fabrizio Romano claiming a summer transfer may be on the cards.
He has been linked with a switch to Anfield already. Reports in December from France stated the Reds were keeping an eye on the Portuguese talent, who has previously played in the English top-flight with Swansea City.
And speaking on his Here We Go Podcast, reliable journalist Romano reports a deal for Renato is very much something under consideration.
“Pay attention to Renato Sanches. Next summer he will be on the market and Liverpool are looking at him,” Fabrizio said.
“There is nothing advanced yet but they are looking at him as an opportunity. He’ll be a main target for top clubs and also for Liverpool.”
He struggled with Swansea but has found some form in Ligue 1 this season with Les Dogues, albeit an injury has kept the player out of proceedings over the last month or so.
The Reds could move for a new midfielder if Georginio Wijnaldum leaves. The Dutch star has, as yet, failed to put pen to paper on fresh terms with the Reds.
The next few months could be big for Renato. He will need to get back playing and playing well if the star is to fully convince the Premier League champions to make their move for him.
His time with the Swans was a poor one but a lot has changed since then. Still only 23, Sanches has the ability to fulfil the talent which saw Bayern Munich splash out £27.5 million on him when he was a teenager.