Leeds United transfer target Rodrigo de Paul has given a huge hint that he is leaving Udinese this month.
The 26-year-old midfielder, who almost signed for the Whites in the summer, has made a post on Twitter on Saturday morning.
The Argentinian, who has three goals and two assists in Serie A this term, has hinted he could be moving on.
“New Year, New (sic) challenges. I’m ready,” he tweeted.
Of course the message has sent Leeds fans into a frenzy after they just missed out on a deal in August.
De Paul was a major target for Leeds ahead of their return to the Premier League. And Andrea Radrizzani was prepared to break the club’s transfer record for the Argentine.
However, despite hints from De Paul that he wanted the move, nothing went through.
After the summer transfer window shut in October, there were rumours that Leeds could relaunch their efforts to sign De Paul in January.
New year, New challenges.
I'm ready. 👊🏽🔥 pic.twitter.com/G54sBc5bKg
— Rodrigo de Paul (@rodridepaul) January 2, 2021
And his latest post has done nothing to cool those theories.
Sport Witness stateed that Radrizzani and his Italian network would continue keeping an eye on the player. They also insisted the possibility of Leeds returning for De Paul remains.
And hopes of a potential deal were lifted recently by reports that Udinese had dropped their asking price from €40m to €35m.
InterLive reported that Leeds came within a whisker of landing De Paul in the summer. They also allege De Paul was willing to make the transfer. The prospect of playing for Marcelo Bielsa was of huge appeal to the player.
Furthermore, they stated only a ‘faded signature at the photo-finish’ prevented the deal going through in the summer.
Meanwhile, Leeds forward Rodrigo has backed his team-mates to put in another strong performance against Tottenham after notching two successive wins.
The Whites finished 2020 with back-to-back Premier League wins over Burnley and West Brom. Indeed, the latter came with a thumping 5-0 margin.
Those results have seen Leeds move back up the table after a 6-2 thrashing by Manchester United.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side now face a tough away game at Tottenham on Saturday lunchtime. However, Rodrigo hopes that Leeds can maintain their recent momentum.
The Spain international told LUTV: “We are trying to do our best this season. It’s true we’ve had different performances during the season, good and bad, but we want to maintain and keep our current level in the games.
“Two consecutive wins is important for us to grow, for our confidence and to achieve our goals.
“We want to maintain this level for the next game and try to win.”