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Reports: €40million 'not enough' to sign Rodrigo De Paul

Barcelona have joined Liverpool in the race to sign Rodrigo de Paul as Udinese's confidence increases as his value rises.

According to reports, €40million will not be enough for Liverpool to sign Argentine midfielder Rodrigo de Paul.

Tutto Udinese have not only reported that he will cost in excess of the aforementioned amount but also Ronald Koeman's Barcelona have joined the race to sign him.

Liverpool look set to lose ever-present midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum in the summer as the Dutchman's contract expires at the end of the season.

Previously Pierpaolo Marino, the Technical Director of de Paul's current employers, has stated that it will take a 'lot of money' to snap him up.  

As the 30-year-old's Anfield career peters towards a conclusion, a whole host of names have been linked to replace the midfielder.

Houssem Aouar and Yves Bissouma have been tipped to be the successor of the former-Newcastle United man. 

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Wijnaldum has shown no real signs of suggesting he is eyeing a Merseyside and has emphasised his happiness at the Premier League champions.

Rodrigo De Paul leading his side forward

The Italian news outlet says that Liverpool and Barcelona are the two main clubs to be eyeing the services of the 26-year-old. 

An extra €10million has been added to his pricetag following impressive showings for Udinese and either club would need to pay now in excess of €50million (£42.7million) for their reported target.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has shown interest in the playmaker in the past but Udinese's stubbornness to hold out for €40million proved to be a stumbling block for the move. 

De Paul has three years left on his contract at the Stadio Friuli and has six goals and as many assists this season in Serie A.