By Mark Smith

30th May, 2021 | 6:30pm

Leeds have never considered Rodrigo De Paul a realistic target - report

Leeds United were never considering Udinese midfielder Rodrigo De Paul as a genuine target, according to Leeds Live.

The online outlet has reported that the long-term links could finally be about to end at Elland Road, with other clubs interested.

Angus Kinnear and Victor Orta have shared that view, claiming that despite being realistic, the move may not happen.

This is one that will leave most of the Leeds faithful gutted.

De Paul has been sensational this season for a struggling side in the Serie A, and Udinese have a lot to thank their captain for.

The Argentina international has made more progressive runs than anyone in Europe’s top-five leagues, even 10 more than Lionel Messi, according to WyScout.

The 27-year-old has scored seven goals and also delivered that number of assists, as he puts himself among the best creative players in the world.


It appears as though Atletico Madrid is his likely destination.

Fabrizio Romano reported on Saturday that the La Liga champions have lodged a player plus cash offer already, although it may not be enough yet.

With Europe in mind after a strong finish in the Premier League, you would have thought that the Whites would splash this kind of money on someone such as De Paul.

Andrea Radrizzani has a clear vision in mind though and with Bielsas’ trust in his players, there is no need to be spending £100million every year.

We would love this to happen, but it is finally time to let this go.

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