Udinese chief Pierpaolo Marino says he’s hopeful Rodrigo de Paul will remain at the club as Leeds United are yet to satisfy their demands for the attacking midfielder.
Leeds have set out their stall in the transfer market after ending their 16-year exile from the Premier League, bringing in Rodrigo, Helder Costa, Robin Koch and Illan Meslier for a combined fee of around £55 million this summer.
Marcelo Bielsa has made it clear he’s keen for further signings before next month’s deadline and has identified Udinese’s De Paul as one of his priority targets as he looks to add strength to his attacking options at Elland Road.
However, the newly-promoted English giants are still some way short of Udinese’s asking price for the 26-year-old Argentina international.
It appears Leeds will have to break their transfer record for a second time this summer to reach an agreement for De Paul following their £27.5m deal with Valencia for Rodrigo back in August.
‘De Paul to Leeds? They’ve not matched our €35m (£32m) price tag at the moment,’ Udinese director Marino said.
‘Therefore I hope he can stay at the club.’
Earlier this week, Marino told Il Gazzettino: ‘De Paul is in love with Udine and Udinese, so unless the chance of a lifetime comes along and the club receives the right offer for his true value, I would not be surprised to see him stay.
‘I see him highly-motivated in training, a real leader as well as a fantastic player.
‘He’s very intelligent and sets the example for everyone in the squad.
‘We see the transfer value discussed in the newspapers so it’s preferable that everyone just relaxed and we’ll see that what ought to happen will happen.’
Bielsa’s men next travel to Sheffield United, who are yet to pick up any points following defeats to Wolves and Aston Villa.