Premier League club Aston Villa have made a huge step forward in bolstering their squad after approaching Italian Serie A outfit Udinese over the possibility of signing their player Rodrigo de Paul this summer. The Villans have begun their hunt for possible transfer targets after their head coach Dean Smith revealed that the club would not be losing sleep on ensuring that they improve their squad ahead of next season.


Rodrigo is one of the names on their list of summer transfer targets and they will reportedly try to get their man this summer. However, according to the latest reports, Udinese have set an asking price of £35 million for the attacker and have made it clear that they will not be listening to offers that are lower than their valuation for the star player.

Aston Villa have confirmed that they are interested in signing the player but are adamant to pay such an amount because they believe they can get more than one player instead of one for £35 million. They may now have to make up their mind as quickly as possible if they want to sign Rodrigo because they are not the only side interested in signing the player.

According to the Daily Mail, Leeds United, Atlético Madrid, and Everton are also interested in landing the signature of the player and either of them could pounce on a deal for him if Villa fail to meet the asking price that Udinese have set on their prized asset.

Dean Smith could be forced to look elsewhere in his continued search for an attacker for his side if they fail to reach an agreement with the Italian club on a fee reduction. Villa captain Jack Grealish has continued to be linked with a move from Villa Park and Rodrigo de Paul could be the player the club want to sign as his replacement.