Leeds United were appeared to be handed a boost in their pursuit of Udinese’s Rodrigo De Paul on Tuesday night, with the midfielder seemingly confirming his desire for a move to Elland Road.
That was then backed up further with a fresh update from Fabrizio Romano claiming just that, although the Italian journalist’s update did seem to suggest there is still some work for the two club’s to do to come to an agreement over a deal.
With attacker Rodrigo Moreno and centre back Robin Koch already through the door at Leeds this summer, De Paul now looks to have emerged as Leeds’ next major senior target in the transfer window, as the Whites look to strengthen in all areas of their squad following their promotion to the Premier League at the end of last season.
Progress has seemingly slowed with regards to a deal recently, although it seems De Paul himself has not given up hope on a move to Yorkshire in the coming weeks.
Responding to a Tweet from Leeds fanzine The Square Ball, which had suggested that the player is keen on a move, and that it is now down to the two clubs to agree a deal, De Paul posted a clear and simple answer of “Yes”, which was accompanied by a crossed fingers emoji.
Although De Paul then went onto delete his post, with the 26-year-old’s account now appearing to go into lockdown altogether, that stance has been backed up by Romano.
In his latest update on the De Paul saga, the Italian journalist also suggested that the midfielder is keen on a move to Leeds, but that while negotiations continue with Udinese, the Serie A side are holding out for a fee of 40 million euros for one of their key men.
Twitter: Rodrigo de Paul is ready to move to Leeds United… and just confirmed the news. It’s up to the two clubs. Negotiat… https://t.co/JukRzEKt68 (@FabrizioRomano)
This does look to be a really promising sign for Leeds in their pursuit of De Paul.
Even though he may have since deleted the Tweet, it is certainly not one that has gone unnoticed, and you feel there are very few within the footballing world who do not know his feeling on a move by now.
That is something that should mean this can get done pretty quickly, if the two clubs can agree a fee for De Paul.
But despite the midfielder’s apparent desire to leave, it does seem as though Udinese are standing firm over their asking price, meaning it feels like there is some way, and at least one big offer, to go, before Leeds are able to get their man.