Leeds United have offered Rodrigo de Paul a £70,000-a-week contract, with the Udinese star getting used to the idea of joining a Premier League newcomer, according to Italian publication Messaggero.
It is almost two weeks since Marcelo Bielsa’s side agreed a £31 million fee for a man who outshone Argentine teammates Sergio Aguero, Paulo Dybala and even Lionel Messi at the 2019 Copa America (FantaCalcio).
But, if Leeds fans were growing a little concerned by the sluggish pace of negotiations, it seems that things are about to accelerate – and fast.
While the Yorkshire giants have been transformed from Championship also-rans into a top-flight club capable of striking fear into the hearts of Liverpool by their enigmatic, bucket-perching tactician, it is a long time since the Champions League anthem rang out at Elland Road.
According to Messaggero, De Paul was initially prioritising a club that would allow him to showcase his driving runs and fearsome shooting ability on the biggest stage of all.
But Serie A champions Juventus are yet to turn their interest into something more tangible, and that has left the door wide open for Leeds to sign a man who many view as the future of Argentina’s midfield.
The report adds that Leeds will make De Paul one of their highest earners with a £70,000-a-week deal on the table.
What’s more, the 26-year-old would replace Spain star Rodrigo Moreno to become the biggest signing in the club’s history.
In a now-deleted and instantly-infamous tweet, De Paul responded to Yorkshire-based fanzine The Square Ball after they enquired about whether the 26-year-old wanted to become the latest marquee addition to an ambitious Leeds side.
His answer; a simple and emphatic ‘yes’.
Leeds United summer transfers 2020
Wolves (£16 million)
Lorient (£5 million)
Manchester City (Loan)
Wigan (£1 million)
Valencia (£26 million)
Freiburg (£13 million)
Feyenoord (£1 million)
Real Sociedad (£18 million)
Rennes (£21 million)