Rodrigo De Paul has caused quite a stir with his recent social media activity amid strong interest from Leeds United.
De Paul liked some posts by Leeds fans and then responded to a Square Ball post where he made it clear he wanted a move to Elland Road.
That was quickly deleted but Leeds fans have been paying close attention to his accounts ever since.
De Paul has gone quiet in the past week but posted a cryptic message on his Instagram account on Wednesday.
The image showed De Paul in training with Udinese and the accompanying message read, “Let’s keep pushing”.
De Paul added ‘prayer’ and ‘strong-arm’ emojis to the post.
Cryptic message to Leeds fans?
You could take this post one of two ways. Either it’s a message to Udinese fans or it’s another cryptic hint that he wants a move to Leeds.
The prayer emoji certainly fits the narrative of the second one better.
And some Leeds fans responded to his latest message to try to convince him to make the move.
Given what’s happened so far, though, it’s not De Paul that needs convincing. The problem is the two clubs are a way apart in terms of their valuations.
On Monday, Udinese sporting director Pierpaolo Marino said, “De Paul to Leeds? They’ve not matched the €35m price tag at the moment… so I hope he can stay.”
Time is running out for Leeds to persuade Udinese to let their man go on the cheap – the transfer window shuts on October 5 for international transfers.
And Udinese kick off their Serie A campaign on Sunday. If De Paul plays in that game then a move would seem very unlikely.
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