Leeds United director of football Victor Orta made a rare but huge blunder by not securing the signing of Rodrigo de Paul last summer.
Reliable journalist Gianluigi Longari has reported that Paris St. Germain have now joined the race to sign the Italian midfielder this summer.
They’re now part of an elite contingent of teams waiting to make the player their own once the window opens.
However, the player would not have been up for sale had Victor Orta sanctioned the move last summer.
Udinese were understood to be asking for higher than what Orta was willing to shell out, and the club ended up pulling out of the deal and not signing a midfielder altogether.
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Now with Leeds back in the market for a midfielder, de Paul’s name is on everyone’s lips.
Last summer it’s fair to say that Leeds could have signed him had they been willing to pay a few more millions.
Orta himself confirmed the interest and said, “[De Paul] was one player we analysed but, in the end, the valuation of his club was at a level that was difficult for Leeds to reach, as a newly promoted club.” [Yorkshire Evening Post]
However, even if the Whites are willing to match Udinese’s valuation of the player, he now has more lucrative options to chose from.
Inter and PSG can both afford higher wages and would also offer the player Champions League football.
While Bielsa is guiding the team in the right direction, we are still a few steps behind the continental elite.
With Kalvin Phillips sitting deep and Mateusz Klich being our hard-working all-round midfield player, de Paul would be the perfect attacking midfielder, or number eight, to balance the midfield three.
This season in Serie A, the 25-year-old has an xA (Expected Assists) of 9.2 – the most of any midfielder in the league.
He’s also averaging 9.87 progressive carries per game – a carry that moves the ball five yards or more or one that’s into the penalty area.
If he does indeed move to one of the top Champions League sides and ends up being a huge success, it would definitely be a bitter pill to swallow for all Leeds fans.