Destined to shine in Italian football, De Paul's debut for his boyhood club was replacing Juventus legend Mauro Camoranesi. De Paul spent his youth at Racing Club in Argentina, he made his first appearance for the senior team at the age of 18 with Coach Luis Zubeldía and with his dazzling skills and bag of tricks, he quickly found himself a target for Europe's elite sides after only two seasons with La Academia.
Football Italia spoke with CONCACAF expert Juan G. Arango on the player's time in Argentina and why he left at such a young age.
"He was very good with Racing, he has shown that he has the talent to make it in Europe, but in my opinion he left too soon and it was only because in South America teams have to sell their most talented players to make ends meet."
De Paul moved to La Liga giants Valencia and despite all the hype around him, he failed to impress in Spain and was shown the red card only a few minutes after his introduction on his debut against Sevilla.
The boy from Sarandí failed to step into the breach at the Mestalla Stadium, and had to return to Racing to find more playing time. The Pozzo family saw the gift De Paul had at his feet and signed him after he finished his loan spell in Argentina.
In his first season with Udinese, the right-footed wide man bagged four goals and two assists, while on his second he fired the exact amount and raised his assists to seven.
This campaign, De Paul had dogged determination to leave his mark, and he single-handedly kept Udinese out of the relegation zone.
During Julio Velazquez's tenure, Udinese collected points in only five of their 12 Serie A ties, but De Paul found the scoresheet on all five occasions and overall this season he managed to score six goals and three assists.
The virtuoso displays of the 24-year-old earned him his first call-up to Argentina's national team in October and he’s featured in white and blue stripes three times since.
However, since Davide Nicola replaced the Spaniard, De Paul only scored one goal and failed to help his club grab any wins in December.
Nicola's 3-5-2 formation has left the Argentinian either playing as a striker or a central midfielder and despite being known for his versatility, De Paul hasn't been showing his true colours since the arrival of the Italian tactician.
The new manager's style of play could be the reason behind the left winger's goal drought, yet it could also be his lack of focus, knowing Inter are tracking him.
Despite having several talented stars in the final third of their line-up, the Nerazzurri are hoping to land the Udinese player. Their determination to snap up De Paul has led to speculation over Ivan Perisic’s future.
In the numbers game, the former Valencia midfielder has scored, assisted and created far more chances than Perisic or Keita Balde Diao, and when it comes to defending, he completed more tackles than the two of them combined. His versatility is the key here, as he can also play as a trequartista with some of Radja Nainggolan's characteristics.
With Milan, Roma, Napoli and Tottenham Hotspur also interested, it's easy to see why Inter are trying to get ahead of the curve by securing De Paul's signature.
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