Leeds United have admitted defeat in their pursuit of Rodrigo De Paul, according to Calciomercato.
The Italian outlet claims that Leeds are not going to pay the £32.2m asking price and claimed that the deal is now off.
Leeds moved on with other business on Tuesday, agreeing a deal in principle with Real Sociedad for Diego Llorente.
There was a slightly more upbeat assessment of the De Paul situation from Tuttosport (via Udinese Blog).
They claimed that while the two sides haven’t met in terms of valuation, the feeling is that ‘the argument’ could continue.
Tuttosport claimed that Udinese would have to take the player’s feelings into account. De Paul has made it clear through social media posts that he wants to move to Leeds.
Udinese sporting director Pierpaolo Marino talked about the move on Monday and reiterated that Leeds hadn’t matched the asking price.
He said, “De Paul to Leeds? They’ve not matched the €35m price tag at the moment… so I hope he can stay.”
End of the line?
This is certainly the end of the line if Udinese won’t budge from their asking price – unless Leeds are really just playing a high-stakes game of chicken.
Do Udinese really want to keep a player who’s made it clear that he wants to be somewhere else, though?
That’s why it was so unusual for De Paul to break cover on Twitter.
In a move that’s almost the modern way of putting in an unofficial transfer request, De Paul may well find it hard to focus on playing for Udinese after obviously having his head turned.
Meanwhile, Leeds are about to spend another £17m after agreeing a deal for centre-back Diego Llorente.
If he comes in, it just leaves either a winger/number 10 or a midfielder to come in.
There are less than two weeks to go before the transfer window closes and it looks like Leeds have now made their position clear on De Paul – agree to our price or we move on.
According to the Sun’s transfer expert Alan Nixon, the focus for Leeds has now switched to Man United winger Dan James.
That could be reliant on United making an attacking signing of their own and they haven’t been quick to splash the cash this summer, with just Donny van de Beek coming in.
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