Leeds set to do battle with Liverpool over transfer of Udinese ace Rodrigo De Paul

LEEDS face a battle with Liverpool if they want to land Udinese star Rodrigo De Paul this month.

Leeds have been tracking attacking midfielder De Paul since last summer.

But Marcelo Bielsa is in two minds whether to bid in January or make a final decision before the start of next season.

However, champions Liverpool have now made their interest known.

And that could force Elland Road bosses to accelerate their plans and try to buy the Argentine during this window.

De Paul has flagged up well on Liverpool’s meticulous scouting system as they look to invigorate the squad in an attempt to stay ahead of their rivals in the Premier League.

Antonio Conte’s Inter have also made it clear they would be interested in the 26-year-old.

But it is understood he would be keen on moving to England.

That has left Udinese in a position where they feel they can command a good fee for their player.

They currently value De Paul around £40million.

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The ace has 28 goals in 158 games for the Italian side.

De Paul has been with Udinese since joining from Spanish outfit Valencia in 2016.

He has also been capped 21 times by Argentina and is an established member of the current squad.

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