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Leeds United have €35 million De Paul bid rejected by Udinese

The Whites have been working on this deal for more than a week now, as Udinese up their price to €40 million.

Udinese Calcio v Juventus - Serie A
De Paul features against Juventus, reportedly his preferred destination this summer.
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Leeds United have had their €35 million bid to Udinese’s Rodrigo De Paul, according to Messagero Veneto via Mondo Udinese.

The club president, Gino Pozzo has been in negotiations with Leeds for more than a week, and has rejected the initial bid as he feels that an Argentina international cannot go for less than €40 million.

The Whites have reportedly received stern competition from Leicester City in recent days, who are expected to move for David Brooks soon, while Juventus seem to be De Paul’s preferred destination.

The report details that Leicester could make a bid that is “very close” to Pozzo’s demands, while Leeds are seemingly yet to make a second bid. Meanwhile, Leeds have been linked with PSG’s Julian Draxler, who set to leave the European Cup finalists with a year left on his deal.

It remains to be seen if Leeds will up the ante in their pursuit for De Paul’s services, as Juventus’ intentions are as yet unclear, but it’ll be a hefty fee to bring the Argentine to Elland Road.