Rodrigo De Paul Confirms Desire to Join Leeds on Social Media Before Deleting Post

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De Paul is keen on the move
De Paul is keen on the move / Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images

Udinese midfielder Rodrigo De Paul has confirmed his desire to join Leeds United this summer in response to another social media post, but quickly removed the update.

De Paul has been identified as the ideal target by Marcelo Bielsa as he looks to strengthen in midfield this summer, with the Argentine's eye for goal a particularly impressive attribute of his. The 26-year-old made 34 appearances in Serie A last season, grabbing seven goals and six assists.

Bielsa is keen to strengthen in midfield
Bielsa is keen to strengthen in midfield / Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

Leeds are said to be pushing hard to sign De Paul, but the two clubs appear to still be some way apart with regards to the fee. Udinese are standing firm over their valuation and are looking for as much as €40m for his services, as he still has four years to run on his current contract.

While there is no agreement yet, De Paul made his positions regarding the move to Elland Road very clear on Monday. Leeds fanzine The Square Ball provided an update on the potential deal on their Twitter, stating that De Paul is indeed keen on the move, and it was simply now a matter of the two clubs trying to reach an agreement.

Responding to this (as captured by The Square Ball), the Udinese man very simply yet effectively replied 'Yes' with a fingers crossed emoji. De Paul quickly removed his tweet, before seemingly deleting his account not long after.

While this will come as an exciting update for Leeds fans, it is still up to the two clubs to strike a deal that suits both parties. The Premier League club have already broken their transfer record this summer with the purchase of Rodrigo Moreno from Valencia for an initial £27m.

Bielsa's men were very impressive in their opening 2020/21 fixture against Liverpool, coming from behind three times before eventually falling to a 4-3 defeat. They next host Hull on Wednesday in the Carabao Cup before taking on Fulham on Saturday in the Premier League.