Throughout much of 2020, Rodrigo De Paul was linked with a move away from Udinese, with Juventus, Inter Milan and Leeds United all the subject of repeat claims.

There was insistence Marcelo Bielsa’s side were genuinely interested, however, Leeds United didn’t want to go the €40m requested by Udinese. Whilst at times it was suggested there may be a chance to get the Argentine for a little less, the Premier League club didn’t push forward and therefore a move to Elland Road never materialised.

Udinese stuck to their guns over €40m, and it’s now suggested the Serie A side could be getting even more for the midfielder. Tutto Udinese claims there are two clubs out in front for the player, and those are Liverpool and Barcelona.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have been repeatedly linked in recent months, with Liverpool pushing Leeds out of the story as the main English club. There hasn’t been serious reports in the Catalan media about Barcelona interest, so that would suggest the route may be clearer for Liverpool.

Regardless, it’s claimed Liverpool or Barcelona could pay ‘almost €50m’ for De Paul, with Udinese clearly being confident in the rising value of their player.