Leeds ahead of AC Milan in race to sign Rodrigo De Paul

Leeds United are ahead of AC Milan in the race to sign Udinese star Rodrigo De Paul, according to Il Milanista.

The Italian news outlet claims Leeds and Premier League rivals Liverpool are “in the front row for the playmaker”, who’s valued at £34.4million.

It is understood that De Paul, 26, is top of AC Milan’s transfer wishlist ahead of the summer but Udinese’s high valuation of the Argentina international and Leeds’ strong position has dented their chances of a deal.

World-class signing

It’s hard to describe how good a signing that De Paul would be because we feel as though he’s the kind of midfielder who can really elevate this club.

Andrea Radrizzani is an ambitious owner and he’s made no secret in the past that he wants to take Leeds back to their European glory days.

De Paul is the kind of player who can do that with the Argentine showing a stunning run of form in Serie A this season despite not playing for one of Italy’s top clubs.

He’s scored nine goals and supplied 11 assists in 36 appearances across all competitions for Udinese this term.

Stats by Wyscout also show the midfielder also has the highest expected assists [12.77] in Serie A while he also ranks first in the Italian top-flight for key passes [35] and through passes [89]. He also ranks second for one-v-one dribbles [248] and deep completions [76], which is when a player passes the ball into the danger area around the opposition’s goal.

Bear in mind, Serie A is a league that boasts Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lorenzo Insigne and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

Being so highly ranked in Italy isn’t easy.

De Paul has world-class potential – and we don’t use that word lightly. Udinese sporting director Pierpaolo Marino even said last season that De Paul is “a world-class player” [Sempre Inter].

It’s no shock a club as big as AC Milan wants to sign De Paul but it is surprising that the billionaire-owned club [Forbes] might not be able to afford him.

Leeds spent over £100million on new players last year and have since had fresh investment from the 49ers so there’s every chance it’s a doable deal for the Yorkshire giants.

Let’s hope that’s the case.

In other Leeds United news, this Leeds-linked left-back has rejected a new contract at an English club.