Transfer expert Nicolo Schira has claimed that Leicester City have joined Leeds United in the race for Udinese attacking midfielder Rodrigo De Paul.
The newly-promoted Yorkshire club are said to have offered the Argentine international a four-year contract, although the clubs are yet to reach an agreement on a fee.
De Paul’s current Serie A employers are believed to be holding out for a minimum of around £31 million, giving the Foxes an opportunity to swoop in on the deal.
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has made the 26-year-old his top priority this summer, although now he could miss out on his man altogether should Brendan Rodgers sanction a bid for the star.
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Leicester can offer De Paul European football in the shape of the upcoming Europa League campaign, something the attacking midfielder is believed to hold in high regard having previously sought a move to Juventus.
The former Valencia man scored seven goals and provided six assists in 34 Serie A games last term as Udinese finished in mid-table.
De Paul has made 17 appearances for the Argentina senior side, although he is yet to score for his national team.
Rodgers’ side offers clear advantages to the star and could be a deciding factor in where he ends up, should the Foxes follow through their interest with a solid bid.