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Leeds United would be getting a “very good, classy player” in Rodrigo de Paul, according to a prominent South American football correspondent.

Leeds have been strongly linked with a move for the Argentine midfielder, who is said to be valued at €40 million – around £36.3m – by Udinese (Fabrizio Romano).

And when asked about De Paul on Talksport earlier, Tim Vickery gave the following, glowing report:

“He’s a good player, De Paul. Very attacking midfielder. Classy. Very strong on the ball. He is very right-footed, so that means in reduced space you can mark him. I’d imagine Leeds are going to have to pay at least £30 million. Udinese are going to cash in here. They do this so well. They pick up the talent. They picked him up from Racing (via Valencia). They’re so good at identifying talent and then selling it on at a profit. I think he’s a terrific player. I think if you’re going to play him wide left, you want an attacking left-back to go outside to keep the pitch wide. But I think he’s got a lot to offer but they’re going to have to pay a lot of money to get him.”

Tim Vickery (speaking on Talksport’s Hawksbee and Jacobs show, Wednesday 9th September)

It is claimed De Paul has interest from a number of top Italian clubs, including the reigning champions, Juventus.

But according to one Italian report, De Paul ‘seems to be destined’ for Leeds (Fanta Calcio).

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It follows Udinese’s acquisition of the former Whites target, Fernando Forestieri.

Forestieri signed a two-year deal with his former club on Tuesday, having left Sheffield Wednesday in June.

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And the 30-year-old’s arrival is said to ‘practically confirm’ the departure of De Paul, who has 17 caps for Argentina.

Leeds have already signed two prominent internationals in Rodrigo (Spain) and Robin Koch (Germany) this summer.

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