Leeds United are set for a disappointing end to their pursuit of Argentine midfielder Rodrigo De Paul, if noises coming from Italy turn out to be true.

The Whites have long been linked with the Udinese playmaker, and were close to signing him in the summer. They agreed a deal with the player but ultimately couldn’t agree a price with the club, who were holding out for over £36m.

Six months later, interest in the former Valencia man has spiked again, but Leeds are no longer at the front of the queue for the 26-year-old.

It’s believed that Inter Milan want to sign the player, providing they can offload Christian Eriksen to a willing buyer. Eriksen joined the Nerrazurri in the summer from Spurs, but has failed to hold down a regular place in the side and Antonio Conte is trying to negotiate his leave, with a return to England possible.

Once he’s off the wage books, Inter want De Paul to replace him, having been impressed with his tally of four goals and three assists from midfield this season.

It’s a blow for Leeds, who look in need of fresh inspiration after losing all three of their games in 2021. With just ten days left of the transfer window, time will tell if they can get any fresh faces through the door in time for the second half of the season.

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