By Tom Canton
Published: June 12, 2021 12:23 pm
Last Updated: June 12, 2021 12:27 pm
Arsenal linked to De Paul
Arsenal targets this summer are heavily focused on the midfield area of the pitch.
With Martin Odegaard and Dani Ceballos returning to Real Madrid, Granit Xhaka looking likely to leave for Roma and a lack of significant strength in depth beyond Thomas Partey, Emile Smith-Rowe and Joe Willock, much needs to be done.
One of the players linked has been Udinese’s Rodrigo De Paul.
Reports in Italy say Arsenal have opened discussions with Udinese about signing the Argentine. https://t.co/UFvi8iSuGp
— Arsenal FC News (@ArsenalFC_fl) June 11, 2021
De Paul fits the profile of a player that Arteta would like perfectly. An attack minded technical player with ability to play as an 8, which has done predominantly this season, but also the capacity to play further forward as a 10.
De Paul wants to leave
Clubs, seemingly such as Arsenal, have been given a boost in their pursuit of the Argentine.
Reported by Di Marzio journalist Matteo Moretto, De Paul has spoken about the want to move on from the Italian side this summer.
‘Rodrigo De Paul will leave Udinese: “I was honest with whom I had to be clear. I told them what I think and what I want, now I am 27 years old .”‘
Going onto say however that Atletico Madrid are the most keen on a move for the former Valencia man.
‘It is the first goal of Atlético’
Rodrigo De Paul dejará al Udinese: “Fui sincero con quién tenía que ser claro. Les dije lo que pienso y lo que quiero, ahora tengo 27 años”. Es el primer objetivo del Atlético 🇦🇷
— Matteo Moretto (@MatteMoretto) June 11, 2021
A move is likely to be very expensive. Udinese have already rejected one offer from Atletico Madrid.
El Atlético insiste por Rodrigo De Paul. Udinese planifica el próximo curso sin el argentino, que recibió la llamada de Simeone. El Atlético ofrece 5 años de contrato y negocia con Udinese, que reclama 40…