Leeds United and Rodrigo De Paul appears to be one of the best transfer stories that has never concluded.
The Argentinian international has been linked with a move to Elland Road from Udinese for nearly a year now, although the Whites haven’t managed to get it over the line.
Udinese’s sporting director Pierpaolo Marino has confirmed that a summer move is likely, and Phil Hay did mention that De Paul would love a move to join Marcelo Bielsa.
That now appears unlikely.
Tutto Udinese has reported this week that Liverpool and Barcelona are now the two clubs leading the race to sign De Paul once this season is concluded.
In what could be another blow, the original expected price of around £34million appears to have grown given the number of clubs queuing up.
This report claims that both Liverpool and Barcelona could stump up to £43million as they look to get ahead of the stiff competition.
Your move, Andrea.
Andrea Radrizzani needs to stump up the cash and make his move early if Leeds are to jump ahead of the queue to sign De Paul this summer.
The Italian has consistently hinted and teases fans about the signature of the midfielder, but now is the time to prove himself.
The big problem is whether or not the Whites want to splash nearly half of their entire budget on De Paul, but one thing for certain; he would be worth it.
According to WyScout, no one in the top five leagues in Europa has been expected to deliver more assists than De Paul, and that creative force ahead of Kalvin Phillips would have been spectacular.
With Liverpool and Barcelona on the heels of De Paul, it could be time for the Whites to wave goodbye, this would be a gigantic statement if they could pull it off.
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