Leeds United are in contact with Rodrigo De Paul “every day” as they continue to negotiate a blockbuster deal, Football Insider has been told.
The Premier League outfit have failed to reach an agreement with De Paul’s club Udinese, who are continue to hold out for their £37million price tag to be met.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that the deal is still “alive” and the club’s recruitment team led by Victor Orta are talking to De Paul’s camp “every day” in a bid to secure a breakthrough.
This site revealed last week that De Paul wants to transfer to Elland Road and has already agreed personal terms.
The playmaker’s desire to join Leeds has given hope that a deal can eventually be secured.
The United hierarchy believe Udinese will eventually cave in, especially because their prize asset’s dream is to light up the Premier League.
Leeds have suggested various offers, including even a loan-to-buy offer that could become permanent next summer.
Time is running out to seal a deal before the 5 October transfer cut-off.
Leeds fanzine The Square Ball commented on Twitter on Monday 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.
Leeds are keen to playmaker who can take over Pablo Hernandez’s mantle as creator-in-chief.
They are convinced De Paul fits the bill after proving his value both in Serie A and for the Argentina national side.
He made 34 appearances in Serie A last season, scoring seven goals and supplying six assists and the former Valencia man’s 146 matches for Udinese have yielded 25 goals and 25 assists.