Leeds United have “reached a total agreement” on a contract with Udinese midfielder Rodrigo De Paul, according to TuttoCalcioMercato24.
The Italian football news website claims that De Paul, 26, considers his cycle at Udinese to be over and has now agreed terms on a move to Elland Road.
However, Leeds and Udinese are yet to shake hands on a fee for the Argentina international with the Serie A club wanting £36.9million for him.
It is understood that the “next few hours will be decisive” in regards to De Paul’s potential switch to England, which could see Leeds break their transfer record for a second time in this window.
Leeds have been very active in the transfer market since the end of last season but Robin Koch and Rodrigo remain the only first-team additions at the club.
Both players made their debuts in the 4-3 defeat against Liverpool on Saturday with both of them conceding penalties.
Signing De Paul isn’t really a necessity for Leeds because they already have a great deal of talent in their squad but the Argentinean ace is able to play in a number of positions.
Last season, he played as a central midfielder, defensive midfielder and as a forward for Udinese in Serie A [WyScout].
He scored seven goals and crafted six assists in his 34 Serie A appearances, completed 80.2 per cent of his passes and assisted 1.91 shots per 90 minutes.
De Paul can add a huge layer of depth to Bielsa’s squad if they sign him but we can see it being a tough deal to agree with Udinese due to their stance on the player’s transfer fee.
We’ll see how it goes but based on De Paul’s social media activity, he is desperate for the Whites to agree a fee as soon as possible.
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