Udinese play their first Serie A game on Sunday as they take on Verona and Leeds United fans were hoping that Rodrigo De Paul would be missing from the squad.

He’s been strongly linked with a move to Leeds United this window and even admitted on his personal Twitter account that he wanted it to happen.

That caused a big stir among Leeds fans who thought a deal would happen.

However, a big-money move is looking far less likely after De Paul was named in the squad to take on Verona on Sunday afternoon.

The Udinese squad was announced on Saturday evening, with De Paul the first name in midfield.

Time to admit defeat

The move has appeared to hit an impasse over the fee, with Udinese digging in for over £30m.

Messaggero Veneto reported that while Udinese want €35m for De Paul, Leeds hadn’t improved on a €25m offer.

The Udinese valuation appears to be too much for Leeds and it looks likely now that De Paul will stay where he is.

It’s entirely possible that something will change between now and the team announcement at 1pm, but there’s no way Udinese would risk a big-money transfer falling through with an injury if a move was likely to go through.

The window for international deals closes a week on Monday and we think that if De Paul is named in the starting XI today, a deal is extremely unlikely to happen in this window.

We were among the fans hoping that De Paul would make the switch.

His versatility in attack and in defence would have seemingly made him the perfect Bielsa player and with Pablo Hernandez out injured, cover for that number 10 spot is essential.

We don’t think it’s going to come from De Paul.

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