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27 September 2020 14:33

Leeds United reportedly remain no nearer to reaching an agreement for Udinese midfielder Rodrigo De Paul.

Leeds United told to pay £40m for Rodrigo De Paul?

Udinese reportedly inform Leeds United that it will take an offer of £40m to sign midfielder Rodrigo De Paul. Leeds United reportedly remain no nearer to reaching an agreement for Udinese midfielder Rodrigo De Paul. The Yorkshire giants have already made several big-money additions this summer with Robin Koch, Diego Llorente and Rodrigo Moreno all moving to Elland Road. Last season's Championship winners are still looking to bring in a new playmaker, however, with De Paul said to be at the top of their shortlist. However, 90 min claims that Udinese are not prepared to sell the Argentina international for anything less than £40m.

With De Paul still having just under four years left on his contract, the Serie A outfit are in a strong position with regards to his future. Leeds had initially hoped that £25m would be enough to tempt Udinese into a sale. Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images Rio Ferdinand has revealed to LUTV that he's been speaking to Leeds United new boy Rodrigo. The Premier League side splashed a club record £30 million to sign the 29-year-old from Valencia a little earlier this summer. But Leeds fans are yet to see what their money has bought up close due to the global health emergency.

It remains to be seen when the Whites' passionate supporters will be allowed to return to Elland Road. Biggest Surprise From Every World Cup (1930-2018) brid 677182 Biggest Surprise From Every World Cup (1930-2018) /static/uploads/2020/09/644199_t_1600536326.jpg 644199 center Followers of the West Yorkshire club are famous for the atmosphere that they drum up inside their stadium, making it something of a fortress. And Rodrigo has told former Leeds defender Ferdinand that he's been told all about the fanbase. He told LUTV: "I was talking to Rodrigo before and he was talking about hearing about the fans and whatnot and I'm sure they can't wait to get involved when the fans are back in the place." Rodrigo is yet to make a huge impression for Leeds, it has to be said. It's still so early in his United career, but the Spain international conceded a penalty on his Premier League debut and then was hooked at half-time in the win over Fulham last week.

There's a lot of work to do, but class is permanent and he'll hope to open his account in this afternoon's trip to Sheffield United. Photo by George Wood/Getty Images In other news, Klopp: two players ruled out but key Liverpool star will be back (Photo by Amilcar Orfali/Getty Images) Leeds United may be forced to look elsewhere in their pursuit of a new midfielder, with Udinese apparently holding out for £40m for Argentine star, Rodrigo De Paul. That is according to 90Min, who claim the Italian outfit are digging their heels in over the sale of De Paul. Leeds have been linked with the 26-year old for a number of weeks now but a deal is seemingly looking harder and hard to do. In that time, the Whites have also splashed the cash on Diego Llorente, while the likes of Todd Cantwell and Jens Petter Hauge are among other names the club are said to be chasing.

Udinese's latest stance is a shift from the initial report from The Telegraph back in August, which claimed the Italians would want around £25m for their man. The player is also said to be keen on a move to Elland Road. Leeds take on Sheffield United today looking to make it two wins in a row in the Premier League. They have already scored seven goals this term, but have, on the other hand, conceded the same amount. Leeds should walk away here before spending gets too much – TBR View The Whites have already splashed a hefty chunk of change this summer so to go out and pay £40m for De Paul would be a big risk.

Yes, he is a fine player, but the likes of Klich, Phillips, and Hernandez have started the season very well, allaying any fears they might struggle to perform in the PL. There are cheaper options out there for Leeds. So while De Paul would have been a superb addition, it may be time to walk away now. Leeds won't raise De Paul offer By Football Italia staff Rodrigo De Paul looks set to remain with Udinese, as Leeds United have not raised their offer to reach the €35-40m asking price. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Friulani refuse to lower the price-tag for the Argentina international. Leeds have made no secret of their interest in the midfielder, but negotiations have not progressed. The 26-year-old is in the starting XI for this afternoon's Serie A opener against Hellas Verona. De Paul has 17 senior caps for Argentina, while last season he scored seven goals with six assists in 34 Serie A games. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £9.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: