Leeds United have agreed a four-year contract worth £70,000-a-week with Udinese midfielder Rodrigo De Paul, according to Messaggero Veneto.

However, although Leeds have reached an agreement with the player, the Italian news outlet claims that they are yet to match Udinese’s valuation of him.

It is understood that Udinese want £36.5million for 26-year-old De Paul but Leeds have not tabled a bid higher than £22.8million plus bonuses.

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Messaggero Veneto adds that the Serie A club will not sell the Argentina international until owner Gino Pozzo agrees to even though it is reported he has his heart set on a move to Elland Road before the transfer window slams shut early next month.

De Paul is someone who could turn this Leeds side into one that will avoid relegation to one that could challenge for a mid-table or top-half finish.

We have plenty of faith in Marcelo Bielsa to do well with the team as it is but imagine how well he’d do with Argentina midfielder De Paul in there too.

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Leeds have already shown since the end of last season that they are not afraid to splash the cash on new arrivals who they feel can improve Bielsa’s first-team squad.

They wouldn’t be pursuing De Paul if they didn’t think that about him and they certainly wouldn’t have agreed to pay him £3.6million-a-year if they didn’t think that.

Unfortunately, we cannot get our hopes up too much despite this report from Italy and De Paul’s recent social media activity.

Udinese are not softening their stance so we either expect this deal to happen early next month or not at all.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay says that the Whites have the budget to fund a big-money move for one of Europe’s top young players.

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