Italian website Messaggero Veneto has reported that Udinese captain Rodrigo De Paul has agreed to join Leeds United on a four-year contract – but the Whites are still some way from agreeing a fee with the Serie A side.
De Paul, 26, has been strongly linked with Leeds since the Whites completed two quick-fire deals for Spain international Rodrigo and Germany defender Robin Koch. His four-year stay at Udinese is under threat.
The Argentina international has been linked with Leeds and the latest report claims that De Paul wants to move to Elland Road to work under Marcelo Bielsa – despite interest from Italian champions Juventus and Russian giants Zenit St. Petersburg.
The report states that De Paul has ignored an offer from Zenit to agree a £70,000-a-week, four-year deal at Elland Road. However, Leeds are a long way away from reaching Udinese’s asking price of £36.5million.
Leeds have tabled an offer worth £23million plus bonuses while Zenit are willing to pay £32million – but it remains to be seen if Gini Pozzo will be willing to reduce Udinese’s asking price, especially with De Paul accepting an offer.
TBR’s view – Is De Paul worth breaking record transfer again?
De Paul is a magnificent player and on the face of it, he is the ideal Bielsa player. Not only does he boast enormous flair and is from the same country as the Leeds manager – but De Paul can play anywhere in midfield, with Bielsa liking versatility.
He would, on paper, become Leeds’ best player – even more so than Rodrigo, Kalvin Phillips and Pablo Hernandez. But is De Paul value for money at more than £36million? If Leeds can agree something in the region of £30million, it is a fair deal.