Udinese Sporting Director, Pierpaolo Marino, has confirmed that Leeds United haven’t met the asking price for Rodrigo De Paul.

Leeds have been hot on the heels of De Paul for the best part of the month now, as they look to strengthen their midfield options.

Excitement surrounding the potential arrival of De Paul is bubbling away, but it appears nothing is close to being finalised.

The links between Leeds and De Paul have been bubbling away for some time now.

The Argentina international looks keen on a move to Elland Road, but little developments have been made and the reason for that is the asking price hasn’t been met.

We’ve been told numerous times about that asking price, but now an Udinese figure has confirmed it.

As per reliable journalist, Fabrizio Romano, Marino has said:

De Paul to Leeds? They’ve not matched €35m price tag at the moment. I hope he can stay.

A part of me feels like Udinese are getting frustrated with Leeds here.

There’s clear interest, but they aren’t meeting demands, which is always a risky game in the transfer window.

However, when you read ‘at the moment’ it fills you with faith that there’s dialogue ongoing and a potential deal to be done if Marcelo Bielsa wants his man.

You can’t deny, though, that at this moment in time, this deal feels like it’s going nowhere.

Things will have to change fast if we are to see De Paul in a Leeds shirt.