Reported Liverpool target Rodrigo De Paul has been described by his one-time Udinese coach Gianfranco Cinello as a player at a “great level”.
With Georginio Wijnaldum’s Anfield future in doubt, the Reds were apparently scouting De Paul as a potential replacement in the January transfer window.
Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport (print edition, page 25, Friday 15 January 2021) claimed that Jurgen Klopp was ready to rival Leeds United for De Paul’s signature.
Cinello was asked by Tuttomercatoweb where he thought the Argentina international could move to in future, and the 59-year-old hinted that he could go abroad.
“We know his qualities. I trained him for two years,” said Cinello. “He’s at a great level, physically strong and has improved as a personality, which he lacked when he arrived.
“I have doubts he can go to an Italian team. In Italy there are no clubs that can afford him.
“Udinese will not will lower the price, which starts at 40 million (Euro, around £35million) and maybe more.”
A versatile and talented player with plenty of experience at the highest level, De Paul is a cut above at Udinese and surely it won’t be long before he makes the step up.
“He lacks absolutely nothing, he could play in any club in the world,” his former boss Julio Velazquez told Gazzetta Dello Sport, via Tuttomercatoweb.
“He has also improved on the defensive level and in attack he improves the team.”
And even Lionel Messi was impressed with De Paul, who told Marca: “Messi tells us all our rivals hate (Leandro) Paredes and me. We answer that we have to fight!”
With Wijnaldum potentially leaving Anfield in the summer, De Paul wouldn’t be a bad shout as a replacement.