Leeds United are going to find it very difficult to agree a fee with Udinese for Rodrigo De Paul, according to The Athletic’s Serie A correspondent James Horncastle.

Writing on The Athletic’s app on Tuesday, Horncastle said that De Paul, 26, was priced out of a move away from Udinese last summer and will be hard for Leeds to get him for less than £32.1million.

More worryingly for Leeds, it is understood that fellow Serie A clubs will have the upper hand when it comes to doing business with Udinese because they can offer player-plus-cash deals for De Paul.

Italian news outlet Fantacalcio reported earlier this month that Juventus, Fiorentina, Inter Milan and AC Milan were also interested in the De Paul so they could all have a huge advantage over Leeds in the race to sign the midfielder.

Furthermore, Leeds have been outbid by Zenit St Petersburg, who have offered £32.3million for De Paul while the Whites are only stumping up £23.1million. [Cesar Luis Merlo]

De Paul may have tweeted to say he is interested in a move to Elland Road before the transfer window closes but, at the end of the day, he’s contracted to Udinese and he won’t be going anywhere unless the Yorkshire giants can agree a fee with them.

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It seems that the Serie A club are notoriously tough to negotiate with, especially with key players like De Paul, who made 35 appearances for them across all competitions last season and scored seven goals and assisted a further seven.

Leeds’ midfield is fine and we believe in it’s current state, it’s good enough to help the club avoid relegation this season.

However, there’s no denying that a player like De Paul could elevate it to the next level and really help the Whites make a dent in several other top-flight teams who’ve been there for some years.

A player like De Paul is one that can turn your average relegation contender into a mid-table or even top-half finisher.

In other Leeds United news, this fringe player is set to start against Hull.

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