SportItalia journalist Gianluigi Longari has posted a worrying update as Leeds United look to bring Udinese midfielder Rodrigo De Paul to Elland Road.
With Leeds fans desperately hoping they can land De Paul before the season starts, Longari said that the Whites have been joined by Leicester in the race for the Argentina international.
In a tweet on Sunday night, he said, “Not only #Leeds #LUFC also #Leicester #LCFC is on race for #DePaul from #Udinese.”
— Gianluigi Longari (@Glongari) September 6, 2020
Leicester can offer path to Europe
No club has shown as much interest in De Paul as Leeds and a report from Fantacalcio claims that a fee £31m (€35m) has been agreed.
The report also said that he wanted to stay in Italy but, so far, no concrete offers have come in from any Serie A clubs.
Leicester were awash with money even before Ben Chilwell was sold to Chelsea for £45m and are an established Premier League side.
They also recorded their second-highest Premier League finish last season and that means they can also offer European football, although thankfully not Champions League after finishing four points behind Chelsea in fifth.
They play in this season’s Europa League and would surely be a tempting option for De Paul.
However, they don’t have Marcelo Bielsa and, so far, it’s not been reported that they have made an approach or placed an offer.
This is the week when the De Paul situation will become clear. We do expect him to move and we hope it’s to Elland Road.
Seeing him move to another Premier League club would be a bitter pill to swallow.
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