David Anderson: Leeds United not trying to sign Rodrigo De Paul or Romain Perraud
Leeds United are not trying to sign Udinese midfielder Rodrigo De Paul nor Brest left-back Romain Perraud this summer, according to David Anderson.
Writing via his personal Twitter account on Tuesday, the Mirror journalist reported that neither players are targets for the Whites going into the next transfer window despite widespread speculation they are.
It is understood Leeds did enquire about De Paul, 26, last summer but didn’t want to pay Udinese’s asking price and aren’t keen on reviving their interest this year.
As for 23-year-old Brest left-back Perraud, The Athletic journalist Phil Hay reported in February he was a target at Elland Road but that is “no longer” the case.
Just a word on Rodrigo De Paul. Leeds did make an enquiry last summer, but were not prepared to pay Udinese’s asking price and moved on. He is not a target this summer. I am also hearing that Leeds are no longer trying to sign Brest’s left-back Romain Perraud. #lufc
— David Anderson (@MirrorAnderson) May 25, 2021
We always knew it was going to be a stretch to see De Paul arrive at Elland Road in the summer but we cannot help but feel gutted that it won’t be happening.
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He’s been one of the best midfielders in Europe this season with stats by Wyscout showing that the Argentina international ranked joint-sixth in Europe’s top-five leagues for key passes this season – alongside Lionel Messi with 35.
As for Perraud, a move for him seemed far more realistic.
Firstly because it was ex-Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Hay he reported that he was on Leeds’ radar and secondly because he fits the mould of what kind of left-back we’d need so well.
With Ezgjan Alioski likely to move on when his contract expires in the summer, Leeds are in desperate need of at least one new left-back.
Perraud had a great season with Brest, scoring three goals and assisting seven in his 36 Ligue 1 appearances.
We can only assume he isn’t interested in heading to West Yorkshire of Leeds have their eyes on better targets because it’s a bit surprising otherwise.
In other Leeds United news, this player has been earmarked as a potential replacement for Pablo Hernandez.