Leeds United may be forced to look elsewhere in their pursuit of a new midfielder, with Udinese apparently holding out for £40m for Argentine star, Rodrigo De Paul.
That is according to 90Min, who claim the Italian outfit are digging their heels in over the sale of De Paul.
Leeds have been linked with the 26-year old for a number of weeks now but a deal is seemingly looking harder and hard to do. In that time, the Whites have also splashed the cash on Diego Llorente, while the likes of Todd Cantwell and Jens Petter Hauge are among other names the club are said to be chasing.
Udinese’s latest stance is a shift from the initial report from The Telegraph back in August, which claimed the Italians would want around £25m for their man. The player is also said to be keen on a move to Elland Road.
Leeds take on Sheffield United today looking to make it two wins in a row in the Premier League. They have already scored seven goals this term, but have, on the other hand, conceded the same amount.
Leeds should walk away here before spending gets too much – TBR View
The Whites have already splashed a hefty chunk of change this summer so to go out and pay £40m for De Paul would be a big risk.
Yes, he is a fine player, but the likes of Klich, Phillips, and Hernandez have started the season very well, allaying any fears they might struggle to perform in the PL.
There are cheaper options out there for Leeds. So while De Paul would have been a superb addition, it may be time to walk away now.