According to Italian news outlet Tutto Udinese, Lazio is said to be interested in signing Udinese’s Rodrigo Javier de Paul, simply referred to as Rodrigo de Paul

An Argentine international who has spent the past four seasons in Italy, the 25-year-old has caught the eye of several top clubs in the Serie A over the past few seasons. This is a result of being a shining light in a struggling Bianconeri side.

One of the characteristics clubs admire most about him is his versatility; he is able to adapt to most formations and can play not only on the left flank but also as a second striker (attacking midfielder) or as a central midfielder. Clearly proving his flexibility and tactical intelligence on the pitch, Lazio is said to have joined Milan and Inter in the race for his signature; both Milanese sides have been trying to secure de Paul for quite some time. However, two obstacles continue to remain in the way.

The first obstacle concerns the Friulian side, as they have usually been hesitant to listen to offers. This is because the club would like at least €30 million to let the Argentine go, which has not been offered to date. The second obstacle is the fact that de Paul’s contract was recently extended in 2019 and now expires in the summer of 2024 as a result.

Therefore, unless de Paul makes it clear that he would like to join another club to start a new adventure, a transfer looks unlikely for the time being.

This season, the player has made 24 total appearances, scoring five goals and providing three assists; in his tenure with Udinese, de Paul has made 135 total appearances, scoring 23 goals and providing 21 assists.