Leeds United are hopeful of sealing the landmark capture of Udinese playmaker Rodrigo De Paul after he went public to indicate his desire for the move to happen, Football Insider understands.
This site revealed last week that De Paul wants to transfer to Elland Road and has already agreed personal terms.
But the two clubs have yet to agree a fee or the structure of a deal, which has led to growing frustration in the Argentina international’s camp.
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.
The Premier League side have been in talks with Udinese over a deal for the 26-year-old and recent reports claim the Italian club want around £37m for their prize asset.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that the club hierarchy believe the player himself is pushing hard for the transfer behind the scenes.
There is also 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.
The Yorkshire giants have offered a lucrative long-term contract to De Paul that would see him handed a big pay rise on his his Udinese deal.
Leeds are keen to recruit a playmaker who can take over the creative mantle from Pablo Hernandez, who started Saturday’s 4-3 defeat at Liverpool but turned 35 in April.
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.