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Rodrigo De Paul close to completing Atletico Madrid move

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De Paul is set to complete a move to Atletico Madrid
De Paul is set to complete a move to Atletico Madrid / Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Udinese star Rodrigo De Paul is closing in on a move to Spanish champions Atletico Madrid, with a deal worth around €35m set to be confirmed.

The 27-year-old has long been tipped for a move away from the Serie A side, having almost joined newly-promoted Leeds United last summer. He stuck around in Udine for the 2020/21 campaign, but it now appears he is ready for a new challenge.

Fabrizio Romano reports that De Paul is set to complete a €35m move to Atleti with the deal 'almost done.' The Spanish giants are planning a medical visit for the attacking midfielder, while sorting the finer details of his imminent transfer.

This move will signal a return to La Liga for De Paul, who joined Udinese from Valencia in 2016. He has spent the past five seasons in Serie A and has grown to become one of the most admired players in the league.

The talisman scored nine goals and provided ten assists in the 2020/21 Serie A campaign, all the while playing in a middling and average Udinese side. I Friulani finished the season in 14th place, a position not befitting a player of De Paul's talents.

The Argentine, who is now a regular for his national side, has outgrown his home in Udine while attracting the attention of Europe's giants. Juventus and Milan have both been linked with a switch for the midfielder, but his future appears to lie in Spain.

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De Paul will make a switch to Atleti this summer / Paolo Rattini/Getty Images

Atleti are flexing their muscles in the transfer window off the back of a glorious campaign in which they won the Liga title for the first time since 2014. Diego Simeone is looking to bolster his midfield by adding some creativity and guile, and De Paul is the perfect player to slot in.

The transfer could also signal the end of Saul Niguez's time in the Spanish capital, and he is 'expected' to leave the club in the summer transfer window.