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AC Milan Falling Behind Atletico Madrid In Pursuit of Udinese Captain and Attacking Midfielder

Milan are looking to add a big signing to the attack and de Paul is the prime target but the deal is tough to pull off.

Rodrigo de Paul of Udinese Calcio looks on during the Serie... Photo by Nicolò Campo/LightRocket via Getty Images

Antonio Vitiello has been reporting that AC Milan’s priority signing of the summer transfer window is a no. 10 and Rodrigo de Paul is the dream. The deal is complicated because of the high cost of the operation as well as the number of competitors for his signature.

Calcio Mercato are reporting that Milan have opened talks for him and state that Udinese want at least 35 million euros in cash and that the player would ask for 3.5 million euros per year. They note that Milan want to include a player in the deal to lower the fee and the ideas are Matteo Gabbia, Daniel Maldini, Rade Krunic and Jens Petter Hauge.

Gianluca di Marzio via is reporting that Atlético Madrid are accelerating their pursuit of the player but notes that Milan have him as a main target and should not be ruled out of the race.

Sky Italia via are reporting that Udinese want 40 million euros and note that De Paul could arrive to replace Hakan Calhanoglu as opposed to play on the right wing.