The Leeds United move for Rodrigo De Paul has hit a hitch, with the clubs still too far apart in terms of valuation.
However, with neither side seemingly in a rush to conclude the deal, it’s one that could go all the way to the October 5 wire.
And there has been a significant development reported today that could free up De Paul for a summer move.
TuttoUdinese, part of the TMW network, has reported that Watford attacking midfielder Roberto Pereyra is “one step away” from returning to Udinese.
The headline for the story is “Pereyra coming! The Argentine is ready to return.”
Pereyra spent four years at Udinese from 2011 before signing for Juventus.
Is Pereyra the oil to lubricate the move?
This is a very interesting development.
Italian outlet Messaggero Veneto said today that while Udinese want €35m for De Paul, Leeds are ‘stuck’ on €25m.
However, that report also claims that Pereyra would be a “replacement” for De Paul and that the Watford player has asked to leave.
It claimed he could come in if De Paul was leaving and the Pozzo family own both Udinese and Watford.
The report also claimed the “soap opera” around De Paul could go on until October 5.
We can’t read too much into this yet, but Udinese have brought other players in this window, including midfielder Tolgay Arslan and secondary striker Fernando Forestieri.
If Pereyra, an attacking midfielder was to come in as well, it could definitely signify that De Paul could be off.
De Paul has said himself that he wants to move to Leeds in a quickly-deleted social media post. Could he yet get his wish?
If the two clubs could meet in the middle – at €30m or £27.3m – then perhaps a deal could be done before the window shuts.
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