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.
✳️#Zenit se mostró dispuesto a pagar los €35 millones que quiere Udinese por De Paul.
✳️Sin embargo, Rodrigo no quiere ir a Rusia.
✳️Leeds está plantado en €25M por su pase, cifra que a los italianos por ahora no les cierra. pic.twitter.com/jLyXpjuE6W
— César Luis Merlo (@CLMerlo) September 14, 2020
De Paul does want to move to Leeds, however.
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.
Crysencio Summerville is set to join Leeds from Feyenoord – as per @DiMarzio. Total agreement reached for the Dutch winger. Talks on for Rodrigo de Paul but Udinese don’t want to negotiate for less than €40m – still no agreement, Draxler is on the list too. ⚪️ #LUFC #transfers
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 9, 2020
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.