Serie A expert and Di Marzio journalist David Amoyal has delivered a positive update on the prospect of Rodrigo de Paul joining Leeds United, saying the player is “definitely ready to leave Udinese”. 

He also said that the Serie A club had lined up a replacement for him, Watford’s Roberto Pereyra, and that Leeds fans should be “cautiously optimistic”.

Leeds have been in talks over a move for the Udinese midfielder, according to Sky Sports journalist Fabrizio Romano, who also said the Whites were “seriously interested”.

Romano said his fee would be around £31.2m, although a later report has said that Udinese want £35.8m [Gazzetta dello Sport].

Either way, it won’t be a cheap deal but Amoyal has said that De Paul’s current salary (£17k-a-week/€1m-a-year) is “nowhere near” what a player of his calibre should be on.

Talking on the latest episode of his Calcioland podcast, Amoyal said that “Leeds fans should be cautiously optimistic about De Paul joining”.

“Kudos to Leeds for their transfer window so far,” Amoyal said.

“He [De Paul] is definitely ready to leave Udinese. There are rumours they are going to bring Roberto Pereyra back from Watford to replace him.

“I think De Paul to Leeds would be a really good move. He’s a guy who plays regularly for Argentina, has established himself as one of the best midfielders in Serie A.

“His salary is not in line with someone who plays regularly for Argentina, he’s on €1m. He gets nowhere near what someone of his calibre should.

“Would the Premier League be a bigger job for De Paul? Let’s see what happens but I think Leeds fans should be cautiously optimistic about De Paul joining.”

Salary multiplier

De Paul might be an ambitious target but the midfielder is on a relatively tiny salary and Leeds would have no problem multiplying that by three or even four times.

De Paul signed his last contract extension in October and as he’s “definitely ready to leave” according to Amoyal, we can only assume this was for Udinese to get a bigger fee for him.

The fee isn’t cheap and many Leeds fans have mentioned the fact that Sky Sports have reported the Whites haven’t made an offer for the player yet.

However, Football Insider did report that terms had been agreed with the player and Udinese owner Gino Pozzo is renowned as a tough negotiator.

The link with Roberto Pereyra makes sense as Watford is owned by Pozzo’s son.

Other Serie A clubs have been linked but journalist Clara Alburquerque has poured cold water on any Juventus interest.

And Amoyal knows his stuff in Serie A. If he says that Leeds fans should be “cautiously optimistic” then we think there’s a decent chance of Andrea Radrizzani pulling off what would be a sizeable coup for the Argentina international.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay: Leeds will listen to offers for player who made 36 league starts for Bielsa in 19/20

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