Phil Hay has delivered a very positive update as Leeds United try to bring Udinese midfielder Rodrigo de Paul to Elland Road.

Writing on his personal Twitter account on Thursday morning, Hay said that the interest from Leeds “remains serious”.

The key update that should get Leeds fans excited, though, is that Hay added: “Financially they [Leeds] can do it and De Paul is keen to go to a club where he’ll be a main player.”

Talking about possible competition from Juventus, Hay said that “if they get involved” they would provide serious competition for his signature.

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Leeds in the money

The news that Leeds can do the deal financially is brilliant for Leeds fans.

Reports of the fee for De Paul seem to be around the £30m-£35m mark but, unusually, for a full international player playing in one of Europe’s top leagues, his wages are low.

DiMarzio journalist David Amoyal claimed that his salary was just €1m-a-year (around £17k-a-week) and that these were nowhere near the level they should be for a player of his calibre. [Calcioland podcast]

That definitely helps and Leeds are obviously prepared to pay big for the right players. They smashed their transfer record for Valencia striker Rodrigo and he was on a reported £117k-a-week.

It seems like it’s all going to come down to the player now and whether Juventus decide they want him.

That hasn’t happened so far and it looks like the move is going to be decided soon – TMW has reported that De Paul’s agent is heading to Italy for talks with interested clubs in the next few days.

In other Leeds United news, Sky Sports: Ben White makes big Leeds declaration after multiple offers tabled

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