Rodrigo de Paul’s future continues to be a curiosity in the Italian sport media, with the 26-year-old continuing with Udinese throughout several transfer windows when there was interest from elsewhere.

Calciomercato look at the last one and explain the Argentine ‘would have gladly accepted’ a move to Leeds United, yet wasn’t willing to go to war with his club to get a move. Udinese have been looking for €35-40m for their star, and ultimately, Leeds had no intention of going so high in the last market.

It’s explained that De Paul could have left Udinese three years ago, with interest in the player going back that far, and each transfer window since there’s been further clubs coming forward.

Calciomercato believe De Paul’s struggles at Valencia, where he moved in 2014 from Racing Club, could be behind his reluctance to push for a move to a bigger stage. He’s very happy where he is, and doesn’t want to change that situation simply for money.

For Leeds United and other clubs, the situation doesn’t look likely to change in the winter market, so unless someone is ready to pay what Udinese want, without a battle, then it doesn’t look like De Paul will be going anywhere in January.