By David Woods

12th Nov, 2020 | 7:25am

Bielsa ready to make £35m offer to bring midfielder to Leeds in January – report

It seems like Leeds United have only just finished their summer transfer business but talk has already moved onto the January window. 

And Don Balon is first out of the traps with a report that picks up where lots of Leeds fans left off in the summer – with Rodrigo De Paul.

He was strongly linked with a move to Leeds over the summer and some social media activity on his part made it clear that he was open to play for Marcelo Bielsa.

However, Victor Orta made it clear that it was never that close because the valuations of the two clubs were too far apart.

Has the recent slump in performances changed minds at Leeds?

That’s what Don Balon claims and it says that Leeds are planning fresh investments in the squad in January.

They go on to say his future may be “in the hands of ‘El Loco’ who is already preparing an offer close to €40m.”

They say that for the star of the Udinese team, “the time has come to make the leap.”

Could he? Might Leeds? 

The one thing that this tells us is that Leeds fans are due for another few months of heavy speculation about De Paul.

Do the majority of fans want to see him at Leeds? Without a shadow of a doubt and we think he would strengthen the squad.

Although primarily an attacker, De Paul could slot into the Phillips spot when needed which would solve a big problem for Bielsa.

However, Udinese absolutely point-blank refused to budge on their valuation of £36.8m in the summer (€40m) [Fabrizio Romano].

That was too much for Leeds then and we can’t see that anything will have changed in a window when Bielsa traditionally doesn’t like to do business, despite a shift in currency values wiping off over £1m from his price.

After spending £100m+ in the summer we just can’t see them spending another near-£40m in January.

That won’t stop the player being linked with the club but unless we hear from a source closer to Leeds, we’re not going to put much stock in this.

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