Sportitalia claim Atletico Madrid’s initial offer for Rodrigo De Paul is considered insufficient, both for the transfer fee and his wage package.
The Spaniards had become the hot favourites to sign the creative midfielder, ahead of Juventus, Inter, Milan, Napoli, Roma and Leeds United.
However, it’s reported this evening that the first bid is €25-30m, nowhere near the €40m asking price.
That’s not the only problem, as Atleti are also said to be proposing the same salary that De Paul currently earns at Udinese.
Considering they have just won La Liga and are in the Champions League, that is unacceptable for the Argentina international.