The 26-year-old has suggested he waits for Leeds and Udinese to come to an agreement on fees before he can move on to Elland Road.
However, negotiations have dragged on for several weeks now and reports in Italy claim Zenit is showing interest as well. But De Paul has hinted to Leeds fans that he would rather move to England.
Leeds fanzine The Square Ball commented on Twitter that the Argentina international was keen to join Marcelo Bielsa’s side but was waiting for Udinese to accept an offer. De Paul replied, “Yes” and added a crossed fingers emoji before deleting the tweet shortly after.
De Paul, who joined Udinese from Valencia in 2016 and has made 146 appearances in all competitions, would be Leeds signing sixth in the current transfer window if he makes the switch before the October 5 deadline .
Leeds caught 29-year-old striker Rodrigo Moreno from Valencia in a deal worth £ 27million ($ 35million), followed by the arrival of 18-year-old striker Sam Greenwood from Arsenal and Robin Koch’s £ 13million ($ 17million) signing from the German side of Freiburg.
Helder Costa has joined last season’s championship winners from Wolves and 20-year-old goalkeeper Illan Meslier, who made 11 first-team appearances while on loan at Leeds last season, has been signed de Lorient on a permanent basis. They also renewed Jack Harrison’s loan to Manchester City, making it his third season at the club.
Leeds started their Premier League campaign with an electrifying game against defending champions Liverpool, which saw Jurgen Klopp’s side clinch a 4-3 victory.
Harrison, Patrick Bamford and Mateusz Klich were on target for the visitors, but Mohamed Salah’s hat-trick and a goal from Virgil van Dijk took the Anfield team to take all three points.
Leeds are in action again on Wednesday when they face Hull in the Carabao Cup and return to the Premier League three days later with a home game against Fulham, who were beaten 3-0 by Arsenal in their first return leg in the ‘elite.