According to Messaggero Venuto, Udinese will be unable to bring in Watford’s Roberto Pereyra to replace Leeds United target Rodrigo De Paul.
It’s claimed that Pereyra had been eyed up for a return to Udinese, five years since leaving the club for a move to Juventus.
The Argentinian has been relegated from the Premier League with Watford, and given the strong ties between the two clubs, a move made sense.
However, it’s stated that Udinese instead want to sign Besiktas midfielder Dorukhan Tokoz, meaning there won’t be room for Pereyra within the Serie A registration rules.
Udinese can register just two new non-EU players this summer, and they intend to use them on Tokoz and right back Nahuel Molina.
Even if De Paul leaves, it won’t change the situation, so Udinese will have to find somebody else to replace De Paul if he moves on.
The report adds that De Paul is actually dreaming of a move to Juventus instead of Leeds, so the Whites may still face a battle to land the 26-year-old.
Gianluca Di Marzio reported on Sunday that Leeds are in talks to sign De Paul in a big-money move, with Marcelo Bielsa keen to bring in his compatriot.
A creative, skilful playmaker who has starred in Serie A, De Paul will now have to decide whether to accept Leeds’ approach or hang on for Juve.