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Thursday January 24 2019
De Paul ripe for Inter role

Inter are reportedly offering €30m for Rodrigo De Paul, so Ramez Nathan outlines why the Udinese and Argentina talent is worth swooping for.

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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Have your say...
@Branca

Vidic was injury prone and, thus, became a fringe player by the time we signed him. Not the same thing.
on the 27th January, 2019 at 2:41am
@Branca
Godin is still a world class CB and probably one of the top 5 defender in the world right now, unlike vidic who was clearly declining at that time. Besides, if he turns out no longer in his prime, he’ll still be reliable enough as backup for skriniar and de vrij, or provides experience. Let see how he will manhandle CR7 next in UCL.

With Caldara gone, Benatia gone next year, and replaced with mighty Caceres instead of DeLight, JuBe no longer have the strongest defence next season.
on the 26th January, 2019 at 7:20pm
@ Rian: That Godin signing is going to remind you of the Vidic or as interisti called him "the Manchester United Legend" Signing and you must remember how awful that signing was right ? be careful what you wish for because you may actually get it !
on the 25th January, 2019 at 10:40pm
@Chalon: you should talk when inter wins something but wait....calciopoli is over and 5 years later and 3 owners later, inter's 2 best players - Icardi and Handanovic are all acquisitions made by Marco Branca ..... in the post-Branca era can't inter find anyone better ?? the facts say NO !!!! Just remember the famous line used by all Interisti "wait until next season" set the bar lower, try finishing 3rd place !
on the 25th January, 2019 at 10:37pm
@Branca
Relax, we got your point. DeVrij, Asamoah for free and then Godin next season are a good start, no? With Marotta, we’ll get more similar deals in the future, even better when we take them under Jube’s nose.
About DePaul, he has great potentials. Dribbling, speed, shooting, crossing, but maybe lacking of consistency. Hopefully can be improved by playing in a big club. I think €35 mills is a bit overpriced, but still worth it.
on the 25th January, 2019 at 5:49pm
@I MISS MARCO BRANCA... I've seen you posting on different pages for over 5 years now against Inter, How pathetic do you have to be, get a life. Regarding your latest comment.... De Vrij, Godin and Asamoah were free. Brazao will be cheap, Brozo was cheap, Icardi cheap.... maybe someone is getting nervous now that Suning is managing this club properly.
on the 25th January, 2019 at 5:42pm
this is a typical inter move......they get Eder at 29 and ruin him until he is worthless, same with Candreva, Vecino, Gagliardini.......do inter fans realize that the transfer fees for these 4 is a total of 90 million Euros ? be like Juve who signed Vidal/Barzagli/Pirlo/Pogba/Coman/Khedira/Can for less than 15 mill combined !
on the 24th January, 2019 at 10:30pm
wohoo! thats great!. but why not now, thats left a bitter taste in my mouth. gosh clubs are so mean about jan window these days, he would lift our mood at the club. now im worried about our squad, its have to be a close knitted group like a family. we must keep keita&varsaljko in order to do so. both are jewel, one is firecracker and other is so dependeble at the back in perfect matured age of 27. for next season we can hibernate for one year in transfer market...
on the 24th January, 2019 at 9:45am

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