However, general director at the Serie A side Pierpaolo Marino, has reiterated the club’s stance on the 26-year-old and confirmed there’d be no cut-price deal amid interest from the Reds, Leeds United and Inter Milan.
He said: ”It takes a lot of money to get them, but it’s not like we went looking for potential buyers. I don’t have the problem of needing to advertise them. If someone doesn’t realise how strong they are, selfishly, it’s better for me.”
De Paul, a winger capped 19-times by Argentina and compared to Aston Villa star Jack Grealish, has been a star performer for Udinese in the last four Serie A seasons, contributing directly to at least 10 goals in each campaign.
Signing De Paul isn’t necessarily a direct replacement for Wijnaldum, but the creative Argentine would be a superb signing as the Reds look to partially rebuild over the summer.
Should Marino’s insistence for a premium fee ring true, previous reports have suggested Udinese would demand around €40m (£34m) for their captain – in line with the £31.5m valuation placed on his head by Transfermarkt.