ESPN and DiMarzio journalist David Amoyal has said that Leeds United are still locked in talks with Udinese for midfielder Rodrigo De Paul. 

He said that no agreement has been reached yet and compared the transfer to Chelsea’s move for Kai Havertz.

Amoyal also delivered his verdict on what sort of player Leeds would be getting if they signed De Paul.

He said that De Paul had “evolved from an offensive-minded midfielder to a more complete player, also has a bit of nasty streak in him which I like.”

Amoyal also poured cold water on De Paul moving to any other Italian team than Juventus.

This was after Italian news outlet Fantacalcio claimed that De Paul wanted to stay in Serie A, despite Udinese agreeing a £31m fee with Leeds.

They claimed Juventus, Fiorentina, Inter Milan and AC Milan were all interested.

Athletic journalist Phil Hay has said that a deal for De Paul would likely break the Leeds transfer record for the second time this summer.

TMW reported that De Paul’s agent has headed to Italy for talks with interested parties.

Extra bite for Leeds

De Paul is a unit. Leeds podcast The Square Ball caused a bit of a stir when they posted a picture of De Paul on the beach recently.

Physically, you wouldn’t want to come up against him on the pitch and he doesn’t look like he would have issues with Bielsa’s tough training regime.

If his “nasty streak” is employed in the right way, he could be just what Leeds need.

De Paul isn’t a particularly dirty player, with 23 bookings and two red cards in 146 games for Udinese. Kalvin Phillips has 39 yellows and has been sent off four times in 181 games for Leeds.

De Paul has picked up four yellows in his last six games for Argentina.

However, this sort of no-nonsense player could be exactly what Leeds need in a side that doesn’t have a huge amount of bite.

Kalvin Phillips is known to make the odd horror challenge but Leeds could do with a real physical presence in the middle.

It really is a case of the more we hear about De Paul, the more we like him.

We think he’s almost guaranteed to be on the move this summer. Amid all the speculation, he’s been left out of both pre-season friendlies for Udinese, the last on Thursday night.

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