By Craig Scott

15th Sep, 2020 | 7:10am

Reliable journo shares development as Leeds offer £23.1m to sign new player

Udinese are yet to make a decision on a bid by Leeds United for midfielder Rodrigo De Paul, according to TyC Sports journalist Cesar Luis Merlo.

The Argentinean reporter claimed via his personal Twitter account on Monday that Leeds have bid £23.1million to sign the 26-year-old while Zenit St Petersburg have also tabled an offer.

It is understood the Champions League club have proposed an offer worth £32.3million for De Paul but the Argentina international is not interested in a move to Russia.

De Paul does want to move to Leeds, however.

On Monday, Leeds fans were stunned when De Paul took to his personal Twitter account to tweet saying he would be interested in a switch to Elland Road.

In a tweet that has now been deleted – but screenshotted below – the ex-Valencia player responded by saying “yes” to a Leeds fan who said he would be interested in joining up with Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

The battle for De Paul’s signature is now hotting up.

Udinese are more than likely going to want the midfielder to head to Zenit due to them offering more money but De Paul’s wishes are clearly to join Bielsa and his players in the Premier League.

According to Sky Sports Italy journalist Fabrizio Romano, Udinese still want £36.9million for De Paul, which is way more than what Leeds have offered right now and would also be a new club-record transfer.

Udinese can hold out for that sort of money if they want but it seems unlikely that they will get it unless De Paul changes his stance on a move to Russia.

At the end of the day, De Paul is likely to end up where he wants to, rather than to the highest bidder.

That’s not good news for Udinese’s finances but it is good news for Leeds, who appear to be winning the race for his signature at this stage despite offering less cash.

In other Leeds United news, Paul Robinson claims this Leeds player has a fight on his hands to stay in the starting line-up after the defeat to Liverpool.