By Ryan Darby

11th Dec, 2020 | 8:14am

Nigel Martyn backs Leeds to make move for £27m ace as price plunges

Former Leeds United goalkeeper Nigel Martyn has backed the Whites to renew their efforts to try and sign Udinese star Rodrigo de Paul.

The Whites were heavily linked with a move to sign the Argentinian during the summer, but a deal could not be completed, with the club told to pay a whopping £37million for his services.

De Paul himself made it clear that he wanted to join the Whites on social media, replying to a tweet from @TheSquareBall, expressing his desire to make the move happen.

Speaking to The Boot Room about another potential move for de Paul, Martyn says the player would be a ‘good addition’ to Bielsa’s squad: “If you’ve got the money, and you can afford to do it, the quality of player is what you need in this division. But if you’re going to spend that money, he has to play.

“He has to perform. It is seeing enough of him on the pitch and performing, and they will be looking at him the whole time and probably making that decision. They see him more than we do, he would definitely be a good addition if the finances allow it.”

Quality worth paying for

As Martyn alluded to, another potential move to try and sign de Paul may come down to a matter of money.

Recent reports from the Italian website CalcioMercato claim that Udinese’s asking price has since dropped to £27million.

However, the Udinese star is a player of immense quality and as Leeds aim to rise up the Premier League, he could be worth forking out for.

As per Transfermarkt, the 26-year-old is comfortable playing out wide, in central midfield and in more advanced attacking positions.

He has even been deployed in a more defensive midfield position this season and such versatility would make him a valuable addition to Bielsa’s squad.

A fully-fledged Argentinian international, de Paul has scored 26 goals and registered 26 assists for Udinese during his five seasons in Serie A.

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