Leeds United are struggling to get any more transfers over the line ahead of the window shutting in early October.
It was reported that a deal for Josko Gvardiol is dead and the other major target, Udinese midfielder Rodrigo de Paul, is still a way off, according to Athletic journalist Phil Hay.
He claims that Leeds are actually now in “two minds” as to whether they want to continue with talks.
Writing in a piece on the Athletic on Sunday night, Hay said, “Victor Orta has been speaking to Udinese about midfielder Rodrigo De Paul but despite the Argentinian’s apparent interest in moving to Elland Road, Leeds are reluctant to meet his Italian club’s £35 million valuation and in two minds as to whether to persist with talks.
“Sources indicate that the signing of De Paul is still some way from crossing the line, if indeed it ever does.”
This comes after Fabrizio Romano said that Udinese had turned down Leeds’ last bid of £22.8m.
Leeds are now out of the race to sign Josko Gvardiol. #LUFC agreed fee with Dinamo but Gvardiol refused last contract bid – he’s going to join RB Leipzig, as per Sportske Novotski. Still no agreement for Rodrigo de Paul with Udinese. Last bid [€25m] has been turned down. ⚪️
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 21, 2020
It also pours cold water on reports that claimed a move was imminent, with personal terms agreed.
Is De Paul desire enough?
It’s been established that Rodrigo De Paul wants to move to Leeds. That was apparent after a lot of social media activity culminated in him replying to a tweet from The Square Ball.
He deleted the tweet pretty quickly but not before it had been seen by plenty of Leeds fans.
However, it sounds like Leeds – perhaps galvanised by this – are set to play hardball over the fee.
Hay claimed earlier that Udinese want £35m for the player. That’s a big difference from the £22.8m that Leeds have bid.
De Paul wanting to play for Leeds could force Udinese’s hand, although if they’re adamant they want more, the deal could get pushed to the end of the window before a compromise is reached.
However, they could shut the door on the deal unless their valuation is reached and then it would be down to Leeds and how much they think they need the player.
An injury to Pablo Hernandez ahead of the Fulham game has proved what we feared ahead of the season – that the Spanish wizard will struggle to play consistently this campaign.
Given that, we think a move for De Paul takes on extra significance.
We hope this is brinksmanship from Leeds rather than a resolute position.
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