It seems as though AC Milan have taken a back seat for now in the battle to land Udinese star Rodrigo De Paul, a report claims.
De Paul is having another excellent season for Udinese having amassed 9 goals to which 9 decisive assists must also be added, which – in addition to the fact he can play as a central midfielder, right winger or even a support striker – has attracted the interest of some top clubs.
Calciomercato.com reports that he is player destined to make the jump to a big club this summer after several years in Udine. De Paul has never forced his hand to leave the Stadio Friuli in the last two years despite the many requests. The Argentine’s starting price is €50m but they could sell him for €40m given the economic crisis that football is affecting at European level.
In Italy there would be plenty of choice as Inter have been keen on the player for some time even if at the moment they are blocked by corporate problems, Juventus have included him in the list of possible signings but have not yet presented a formal offer while Napoli are also there.
Regarding Milan’s interest, Maldini is a great admirer of De Paul and observes the situation waiting to see if there is room to make a concrete move. However, his future could be far from Italy as Atletico Madrid are pressing hard and are in talks both with the player and with Udinese, hoping to conclude the deal at the end of the season. Rodrigo would gladly return to La Liga after his experience at Valencia.