Sources: Leeds confident De Paul can be signed for 'cheaper' fee
Leeds United are confident Rodrigo De Paul can be signed this summer for a cheaper fee than Udinese’s 2020 valuation, Football Insider has learned.
The Serie A club wanted £37million for De Paul last year and that proved an insurmountable barrier to an agreement between the clubs.
Leeds are planning to return to the negotiating table again this summer and have already asked for information on what it would take to land the versatile midfielder.
A United source has told Football Insider that the club have learned that Udinese may be willing to do business at closer to £30m.
That is due to a number of factors, including tumbling transfer fees across the market as well as the player being one more year into his contract.
De Paul, 26, is tied to Udinese until 2024 and is one of the highest rated central midfielders in the Italian league.
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He has had another stellar season in Serie A despite seeing a move to the Premier League collapse last summer.
The Udinese captain has started 32 of their 34 league matches – missing two due to suspension – and scored eight goals as well as supplied nine assists.
The 19-times Argentina international has spent the last five years at Udinese and made 180 appearances in total for the club.
He is well known to countryman Marcelo Bielsa, who has made him a top target and continued to monitor his progress.
It is still likely to require a club-record fee for Leeds to land De Paul, with their current top signing being Rodrigo Moreno, who joined from Valencia last year for a fee rising to £27m.
He has had an up-and-down debut Leeds campaign, partly due to a series of frustrating injuries.
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