Leeds United have received a boost in their hunt to bring Udinese midfielder, Rodrigo De Paul, to Elland Road.

On Thursday, Fiorentina’s sporting director Daniele Pradè ruled his club out of a move for the player that Leeds have in their sights.

As quoted by TMW, Pradè responded when asked directly if Fiorentina would try and sign the Argentina international.

“There has never been anything this year,” Pradè said. “He is a player I know very well. Bringing in players who are wrong would mean me changing jobs. It is not part of our plans.”

Pradè spent a year at Udinese when De Paul was there, before he made the move to Fiorentina.

It had been reported that De Paul was the ‘dream player’ that Fiorentina wanted to sign this summer. They were also reported to be close to signing the midfielder last year.

A report from Fantacalcio had said the Leeds move was stalling because De Paul wanted to stay in Serie A.

Strike one rival down

This is good news for Leeds although we were never really convinced that De Paul would pick Fiorentina over a move to the Premier League.

A side like Juventus, who could offer Champions League football, would be a different proposition, but so far there’s been no concrete offers from the Italian giants.

Leeds fans got excited this week after De Paul started liking posts connected to the Whites on Twitter and Instagram.

These were quickly unliked but the fact remains that De Paul is obviously aware of what’s going on and the fans’ desire to see him at Elland Road.

It had been reported that Udinese have put a take it or leave it valuation of £36.9m (€40m) on De Paul’s head.

That would mean Leeds smashing their transfer record for the second time this summer after signing Rodrigo for £27m.

Leeds could well be looking to push the deal towards the end of the window when they might be able to get him for a cheaper price.

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