Leeds United are ready to table a loan-to-buy offer for Rodrigo De Paul after failing to agree the terms of a permanent transfer, Football Insider understands.
United have not given up hope of signing the Udinese playmaker before the 5 October cut-off despite the frustration in negotiations.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider one option that will be discussed is an initial loan with a view to a permanent move for a set fee next year.
That could enable United to get closer to the £37million fee that recent reports claim the Italian club want for their prize asset.
A stalemate in talks appears to be affecting the player himself as well.
Leeds fanzine The Square Ball commented on Twitter last night that De Paul wants to join Marcelo Bielsa’s team but is waiting on Udinese to accept a bid.
De Paul replied: “Yes” and added a fingers-crossed emoji before deleting the tweet shortly afterwards.
This site revealed last week that De Paul wants to transfer to Elland Road and has already agreed personal terms.
There has also been interest from Juventus, Inter Milan and Zenit St Petersburg but he is attracted by the glamour of the Premier League as well as the chance to work with feted coach Bielsa.
Leeds are keen to recruit a proven playmaker who can dictate the play in the same way that Pablo Hernandez has done over the last four years.
De Paul made 34 appearances in Serie A last season, scoring seven goals and supplying six assists.
In 146 matches for Udinese, the 17-times Argentina international and former Valencia star has contributed 25 goals and 25 assists.