Monday’s edition of Gazzetta dello Sport has provided an update after Leeds United have been linked with a move for Rodrigo de Paul.
The report claims that Juventus, Napoli and Lazio are all interested in the player and that Udinese aren’t going to take any less than £35.8m (€40m) for him.
The report says that is a “Take it or leave it” price from Gino Pozzo. And they claim that De Paul himself is aware of this after the club gave him an extended contract until 2024.
The report says that De Paul has always behaved in the right way and given his all for Udinese and that he knows he will only leave for the right offer.
The report also claims that his ambition is to play for a Champions League club.
How high can Leeds go?
A report claimed that Leeds had put in a £25m bid for De Paul but it looks like they’re going to have to go way above that.
The €40m (£35.8m) price tag would mean another £10m+on top and that could put him out of the range of Leeds.
Both Lazio and Juventus could also offer Champions League football and leave him in Italy.
However, this is a curious window and it’s possible that Udinese don’t get an offer that hits the £35.8m mark.
Udinese finished 13th last season and while Leeds can’t offer Champions League football yet, they can put De Paul into the best league in Europe and part of a very progressive club.
The lure of Bielsa is also real, too, so we’re not discounting De Paul ending up as a Leeds player this summer.
An offer close to the £35m level could be one that a club like Udinese can’t turn down, no matter what the owner is currently saying.
And De Paul didn’t play in Udinese’s pre-season friendly on Saturday.
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay: Leeds will listen to offers for player who made 36 league starts for Bielsa in 19/20
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