Leeds United target Rodrigo De Paul has been left out of the Udinese squad for their pre-season friendly against Legnago today (Thursday).

De Paul, 26, missed just four of Udinese’s 36 Serie A matches last season but is not included in the starting line-up or on the bench for the friendly clash against Legnago, as confirmed on their official website, amid speculation linking him with Leeds.

Italian journalist Luca Fiorino, who works for Andrea Radrizzani-owned Eleven Sports, reported on his personal Twitter account on Thursday that the Whites are pushing hard to sign the Argentina international from Udinese, who value the midfielder at £31.1million.

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De Paul’s omission from Udinese’s matchday squad on Thursday is bound to lead to further speculation and the Serie A club’s manager Luca Gotti might have some questions to answer about his midfielder’s future very soon.

Leeds could also be posed similar questions but, as they have done throughout the entire transfer window, the Whites have played things fairly cool.

There’s no rush to sign De Paul.

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Marcelo Bielsa has already welcomed a new centre-back and striker to the club and they were definitely the main areas that needed bolstering ahead of the new season.

While a new central midfielder like De Paul would be nice, Bielsa still has plenty of options in that position, especially with Adam Forshaw heading back from injury.

But the Argentine has also played out wide and up front his career so he might be seen as someone who can play in a multitude of different areas and come in handy for a manager who likes to have a small squad at his disposal.

In other Leeds United news, a manager has raved about a Leeds-linked player and responded to speculation linking him to Elland Road.

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