Rodrigo De Paul has agreed personal terms with Leeds United as his blockbuster transfer from Udinese edges closer, Football Insider understands.
The Premier League new boys remain in negotiations with the Serie A club over the structure of a deal and have not yet agreed a fee.
But Leeds are making progress in beating Inter Milan to the signing of the No 10 as they step up plans to make significant team reinforcements ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.
A United source has told Football Insider the club have offered a lucrative long-term contract to De Paul, 26, that would see him handed a big pay rise on his his Udinese deal.
The playmaker is keen to make what would be a blockbuster move to the Premier League and linked up with Argentine coaching maestro 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 brightest talents in Serie A.
Rodrigo De Paul could follow Rodrigo Moreno and Robin Koch to Elland Road after United announced the two marquee signings at the weekend.
The striker signed for an initial £27m plus performance-related top-up costs, while the centre-back cost £13m plus add-ons.
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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