Leeds United are still in talks to sign Rodrigo De Paul from Udinese as they continue to work on the structure of the deal, Football Insider understands.

The Premier League new boys have not yet agreed a fee with the Serie A outfit for the playmaker but remain hopeful of a deal before the transfer cut-off.

A United source has told Football Insider that De Paul wants to move to Elland Road and has already agreed personal terms.

 

The Yorkshire giants have offered a lucrative long-term contract to the 26-year-old that would see him handed a big pay rise on his his Udinese deal.

There is competition from Inter Milan for the number ten but Leeds believe they are in the driving seat to land the Argentine countryman of Marcelo Bielsa.

The Leeds manager has followed De Paul’s career closely, including his huge impact on the national team at the 2019 Copa America as well as his development into one of the shining attacking talents in Serie A.

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Leeds are keen to recruit a playmaker who can take over the creative mantle from Pablo Hernandez, who turned 35 in April.

United have already demonstrated their ambition by signing Rodrigo Moreno for £27million and Robin Koch for £13m this summer and are keen on strengthening at number 10 as well as at centre-back and left-back.

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.

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